Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 154, No. 24, December 14

Andy Warhol: Factory Man
Byline: David Wallace-Wells "You're a killer of art, you're a killer of beauty, and you're even a killer of laughter," Willem de Kooning shouted at Andy Warhol, across a party, just months after the 1968 assassination attempt that placed Warhol...
A Precious Moment
Byline: Barbara Bush Recently George and I hosted a special sneak preview of Precious in our hometown, Houston. The audience of 200 included young people and old, teachers and corporate executives, parents and grandparents, and folks of just about...
Bring on the Show Trial
Byline: Dahlia Lithwick The justice system needs vindication. To listen to the critics of the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and some of his 9/11 confederates in open court, the central problem with federal criminal law is that there...
Death Be Not Proud
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Sometimes a movie is so incredibly bad, you wonder how it ever got made. With Serious Moonlight, the answer is clear, and you'll feel guilty for even asking the question. This dark comedy is from a screenplay by Adrienne Shelly,...
Economic Panic Attack
Byline: Daniel Gross Why the world overreacted to Dubai. Over the long Thanksgiving week-end, some bad newsemerged from the Persian Gulf. Dubai announced that it was seeking a six-month standstill with creditors of Dubai World. The government--controlled...
Families Need to Man Up
Byline: Kathleen Deveny The recession's silver lining. Like many people who work in industries that have been battered by the recession, I am absolutely thrilled to have a job. And like many who fear the next round of layoffs, I am on my very...
Frayed Nerves, Short Tempers
Byline: George F. Will Whirl is king in today's Washington. An adolescent asked Mozart how to compose symphonies. Mozart said that because the lad was so young, perhaps he should begin composing ballads. "But," the young man objected, "you wrote...
Green Alert
As climate change accelerates, so too will hunger, poverty, and perhaps even social unrest. As the world edged into financial crisis, there were repeated warnings that we were headed for disaster. In the end, disaster struck. In many ways, the challenge...
How Sweet It Isn't
Byline: Julia Reed I have a friend whose most vivid Christmas memory centers on a bowl of peppermint ice cream. It was nothing fancy--unlike say, the white-chocolate-and-peppermint-bark version Haagen-Dazs brings out this time of year. Just the...
India's Bombshell
Byline: David P. Fidler and Sumit Ganguly It was an explosive announcement. Since it was signed 40 years ago, Indian leaders have been firmly against joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), an agreement that prohibits non-nuclear states...
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Byline: Howard Fineman Ron Paul, the GOP's unlikely savior. I have to admit that I kind of like Rep. Ron Paul. Partly it's that we're both from Pittsburgh, and both began our careers as paperboys for the Pittsburgh Press. More important, Paul...
Mission Impossible?
Byline: John Barry and Michael Hirsh How quickly can the afghan army stand up, so American troops can stand down? It's a question that could determine the success or failure of President Obama's "surge" in Afghanistan. The U.S. training program...
No Exit
By 2011, we'll be gone from Iraq and going from Afghanistan. Don't believe it. When it comes to war, Americans are fond of quoting military thinkers like Sun Tzu and Clausewitz. But the strategist with the most to say about the current U.S. foreign-policy...
Power Failure
Politicians are fiddling while the planet burns. What's a voter to do? Planet Earth is in imminent peril. We now have clear evidence of the crisis, provided by increasingly detailed information about how Earth responded to perturbing forces during...
Privacy, a Forgotten Virtue
Byline: Julia Baird Tiger is an athlete, not a politician. Groupies are the scourge of sportsmen's wives. They hang around outside locker rooms for hours, offer bare breasts for autographs and ooze availability. Golfers have long lamented that...
Realism We Can Believe In
Byline: Jon Meacham The left wanted a messiah, and the right believed it had found the perfect foil: a Democratic president with an exotic name and an alleged disdain for the largely mythic rural world of God-fearing gun owners. In truth Barack...
Team of Rivals
Byline: Katie Connolly and Jeffrey Bartholet Barack Obama and John McCain couldn't agree more on Afghanistan. Except when they don't. It wasn't long ago that John McCain was making the case that an Obama presidency could be dangerous for America....
The Next Industrial Revolution
Byline: William Underhill Businesses will soon live or die according to their climate practices. The best may even thrive. Can business save the planet? Champions of an environmental New Deal have often cast the corporation as the enemy in the...
The Post-Imperial Presidency
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Even as Obama increases troop levels, he is scaling back American foreign policy. If you take just one sentence out, Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan last week was all about focusing and limiting the scope of America's...
The Principle of the Thing
How America's commitment to democratic values is waning in the age of Obama. The Principle of the Thing Although President Obama's address to the nation served its main purpose--articulating the national-security rationale for the use of force...
THE TRUTH ABOUT 'Climategate'
Byline: Sharon Begley Hacked e-mails have compromised scientists--but not the science itself. Few of us would escape with reputations intact if our e-mail were made public, and the scientists ensnared in "climategate" are no exception. Writing...
Why Is Barney Frank So Effing Mad?
Byline: Michael Hirsh The powerful Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee is doing his best to rein in Wall Street. You got a problem with that? Barney Frank is erupting, as only Barney Frank can. "How dare you!" he says. "How dare...