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 November 1

Accountability: The CIA's Secret
Byline: Michael Isikoff The CIA is keeping the lid on a hard-hitting report about agency officials who might be held accountable for 9/11 intel failures. The report identifies a host of current and former officials who could be candidates for possible...
A Close Vote? Let's Hope Not. the Most Unsettling Danger Is That Post-Election Combat by Party Warlords Will Become a Permanent Part of the Political Process
Byline: Robert Samuelson Curtis Gans, the director of the committee for the Study of the American Electorate, expects between 118 million and 121 million Americans to vote next week, up sharply from the 105 million who voted in 2000. The larger...
Addicted to the Start-Up Life; A Decade after Cofounding Excite, Joe Kraus Is Back. What's It like to Launch a Company Today?
Byline: Steven Levy Silicon Valley is buzzing again, as a new wave of start-ups exploit opportunities arising from the utter pervasiveness of the Internet. One of them is JotSpot, a company that's trying to transform the trend of "wikis" (Web pages...
A Hiker's Nightmare; A Sudden Blizzard Shocks California Climbers
Byline: Karen Breslau It started as a gorgeous fall hike in the Sierra Nevada. Under a blazing sun, Jeff Peacock, his father, Tom, and two friends headed into the Ansel Adams wilderness area near Yosemite, expecting to be home last Monday. But on...
An Open Hand, A Closed Fist; Are We Inspired Only by Personal Vengeance, Not Humanitarian Succor? Are We Willing to Make War in Iraq but Not Peace in Sudan?
Byline: Anna Quindlen A rare moment of unanimity in the presidential debates came when the candidates were asked about Darfur, the western region of Sudan. As the ruling government has pursued a ruthless policy of ethnic cleansing designed to destroy...
Back in the Hot Seat; How the Two Michaels-Eisner and Ovitz-Ended Up on the Same Side of a Fight with Disney's Shareholders
Byline: David J. Jefferson Michael Eisner must get nostalgic when he watches the new DVD rerelease of 1992's "Aladdin." Back then, when Robin Williams first crooned "You ain't never had a friend like me," the Disney chief still had a best buddy...
'Brooklyn' Meets Broadway; A Musical about Homeless Singers and Hearts of Gold
Byline: Marc Peyser "Brooklyn" is that most endangered of Broadway beasts: a musical that's not a revival or a movie knockoff but a real, live, original work. Even more compelling, the show was written by a formerly homeless songwriter and the woman...
Can Mr. Bill Clean Up Your IN Box? Bill Gates Has Been on a Crusade against Spam-And Now He Says That Victory Is within Sight
Byline: Steven Levy As much as three fourths of all mail sent on the Internet is spam--unwanted, often disgusting or fraudulent brickbats tossed in your in box. We waste hours deleting this stuff--or, if we have software to do the work for us, we...
Can We Vote Yet? You Endured the Primaries, Tolerated the Conventions, Survived the Debates. Now Get out and Cast That Ballot! Oh. There Are Still a Few People Who'd like a Piece of, er, a Word with You
Byline: Text by Weston Kosova and Holly Bailey (Illustration by John Kascht) No Voter Left Behind Unless you live in Texas, say, or Vermont, you've probably opened the front door to find a cheerful campaign worker imploring you to vote, and vote...
Capital Ideas
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn You wanted another tax deduction and now you've got it. Sales taxes. This year and next year, you can choose to deduct either sales taxes or state and local income taxes on your federal return. I hardly know whether to...
Caribbean Hideaways; Smaller Can Be Better. off the Beaten Track, Away from the Places Most Travelers Visit, There Are Islands from Another Time. the Snorkeling's Pretty Good, Too
Byline: Sana Butler Most tourists to the Caribbean visit just three countries: the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. But if you're in the area on business and have a little time, you don't have to follow the pack. Some great spots are...
Chairman Mau; This Designer Wants to Kill Design as We Know It
Byline: >By Peter Plagens Bruce Mau is a quietly charismatic man of 45 who dresses in pajama-esque black, looks like a slightly svelter Orson Welles and talks as rapidly as a high-end computer salesman. Mau--yes, pronounced "Mao"--doesn't seem...
Cool in the Shades; an Ambitious Ray Charles Biopic Can't Find Its Groove
Byline: David Ansen "Ray," Taylor Hackford's ambitious, honest, music-drenched, handsomely mounted, wonderfully acted biopic of the great Ray Charles, has so much good stuff going for it that it ought to be a killer. So why did I keep looking at...
Greeks Go Latin-Or Vice Versa; Latino Fraternities and Sororities Are Muy Caliente
Byline: Lisa Helem Juan de Los Santos says he and his fraternity brothers at New Jersey's Ramapo College "wanted to have fun tonight more than anything else." But their routine of synchronized claps and stomps helped Lambda Sigma Upsilon--"Latinos...
Health: Kids under the Knife
Byline: Karen Springen Ruby Juarez grew up feeling self-conscious about what she calls her "superbig" nose. When talking to friends, she often covered part of her face out of embarrassment. Classmates took to calling her "Shrek nose." For her 17th...
Hunting Zarqawi; It Wasn't Long Ago That Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi Was a Two-Bit Thug. Then the Iraq War Gave Him a Platform That Most Terrorists Can Only Dream Of
Byline: Rod Nordland and Christopher Dickey (With Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad, Tom Masland in Amman, Mark Hosenball in Washington, D.C., and bureau reports) What a loser. At 17, he dropped out of high school in the small industrial city of Zarqa...
Innovation Sails Free; the Open-Source Notion Is Moving beyond Guerrilla Software. Could It Lead to Cheaper Pharmaceuticals?
Byline: Karen Lowry Miller Windsurfers in Hawaii might not seem to have much in common with the geeks who these days tinker with Linux software as part of the open-source movement. But in the late '70s, the surfers freely swapped ideas on how to...
It's like a Blog, but It's a Wiki; Wikipedia, an Online Encyclopedia, Is Wildly Popular. Next Up: A Wikitionary, Wikibooks and Wikiquotes
Byline: Brad Stone Jimmy Wales vividly remembers the green-bindered World Book Encyclopedia of his youth. His parents kept the 22-volume set in the living room of their Huntsville, Ala., home. Each year, as the encyclopedia got progressively out...
It's Never Too Late to Become a Mall Rat; We've Traded Fresh Air and Trees for Victoria's Secret and Starbucks, but Still, We're Doing Our Bodies Good
Byline: Joan Simons (Simons lives in Wauwatosa, Wis.) First, it's about health, this obsession to mall-walk at 6 a.m. come rain or shine. For the middle-aged and for us seniors in the sere and yellow leaf, the goal is 10,000 steps a day to control...
It's OK to Play Games; as Coed Sports Leagues Boom, There's Action on and off the Field
Byline: Vanessa Juarez In the basement of Manhattan's Big City Bar and Grill, the Multiple Scorgasms challenge the Fumbleruskis to a "team bonding experience," also known as "flip-cup." The Fumbleruskis accept (they are seeking revenge after losing...
Letters
Making Your Vote for President Matter Readers expressed frustration and concern about potential fraud, unreliable ballots and other problems with voting as covered in our Oct. 18 issue. Critical of one voting method, a reader warned, "A central...
Libya: The Strongman Is Still Making Trouble
Byline: Michael Isikoff President George W. Bush counts Libya's decision to give up its nuclear-weapons program--a move that helped thaw relations with the longtime pariah regime of Col. Muammar Kaddafi--as one of his foreign-policy successes. To...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Jac Chebatoris, Mark Starr Q&A: Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall has done it all. Movies, Broadway, best-selling books, teaching Bogie how to whistle. Now costarring with Nicole Kidman in "Birth," the legend talked to NEWSWEEK's...
Next Stop, 'Neverland'; Johnny Depp Gets in Touch with His Inner Child Playing the Man Who Dreamed Up Peter Pan and Taught Him to Fly
Byline: Sean Smith At the moment when Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet needed to believe most, they just couldn't. During a crucial scene in "Finding Neverland," the entire wall of a living room literally lifts away to reveal a breath-taking fairyland....
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Daily News, USA Today, Associated Press, New York Daily News, CNN, Boston Globe, Associated Press (2), New York Daily News, The Smoking Gun "We have no excuses." New York Yankees...
Psst! Wanna Break Up? A 'Cash-Rich Split-Off' Is the New Tax Dodge, and Big Companies Are Saving Billions by Cutting Ties with Former Business Partners. It's Divorce, Corporate America Style
Byline: Allan Sloan (Sloan is NEWSWEEK's Wall Street editor. His e-mail is sloan@panix.com.) When it comes to creating the most efficient manufacturing plants or fuel-efficient cars, we in the United States still lag other countries. But when it...
Religion: A Church's Crisis Deepens
Byline: Julie Scelfo When the Vatican refused to allow Henry VIII to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, the king abandoned Roman Catholicism and created the Church of England, a self-governing community of Christian worshipers that has since...
Scaling Down the Biggest Dreams; A New Spirit of Frugality Is Shrinking Many Grand Asian Building Projects from Beijing to New Delhi
Byline: Melinda Liu (With Craig Simons in Beijing, Lorien Holland in Kuala Lumpur and Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi) From the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall, the Asian landscape is littered with monuments to imperial ambition and engineering. In recent...
Scary Strains; What Keeps Infectious-Disease Experts Up at Night? A Novel and Virulent Flu Getting Loose in a Crowded World, Where Tokyo, Nairobi and Moscow Are a Plane Ride Apart
Byline: Anne Underwood And Jerry Adler (With Debra Rosenberg in Washington and Alexandra Seno in Hong Kong) The first newspaper stories showed up in the summer of 1997, buried on the inside pages: an influenza virus designated H5N1, known to be...
Snap Judgement: Theater
Byline: Marc Peyser, Cathleen McGuigan, Nicki Gostin Reckless Rachel (Mary-Louise Parker) is having one of her Christmas Eve "euphoria attacks" when her husband tells her he's taken out a contract on her. Talk about a buzz kill. But she doesn't...
Swimming Upstream; L.L. Bean Faces Tough New Challenges from Old Rivals and E-Commerce. Can the Iconic Mail-Order Company from Maine Continue to Thrive?
Byline: Daniel McGinn For shopaholics, the village of Freeport, Maine, spells danger. The main street is lined with merchants offering all manner of temptations, from $285 Allen Edmonds shoes at one end to the $2,500 Thos. Moser rocking chairs at...
SWING STATE WATCH; the Tipping Point
Byline: Kathryn Williams and Andrew Romano Polls show the Bush-Kerry race is still a nail-biter, but whoever wins will need a majority on Capitol Hill to get anything done. A look at eight tight Senate matches and three key presidential hot spots....
The Creaky Coalition; Allies Are Getting Balky about Following America's Lead
Byline: Stryker McGuire (With Rod Nordland and Sarah Sennott in London and bureau reports) America's 138,000 troops in Iraq were asking for a little help from their British friends. Could an 850-strong armored battalion of Scotland's Black Watch...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Lately I've received a lot of e-mails about our polls. With the presidential race so close, some of you simply want to know how to interpret them, while others challenge our methodology whenever the results don't favor their...
The Flu Shot Fiasco; the Shortage Has Put Millions into a Panic. Spotty Supply Is the Immediate Problem. Caring for Our Country's Public Health Is the Bigger Issue
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley (With Anne Underwood in New York, Debra Rosenberg in Washington, Karen Springen in Chicago, Jamie Reno in San Diego, Catharine Skipp in Miami, Emily Flynn in London, T. Trent Gegax with the Kerry campaign and Tamara Lipper with...
The Next Florida; CASE STUDY: It's a Game of Inches in Ohio, as Both Sides Hunt New Voters and Rev Up the Air Wars. Will We Get a Winner on Election Day?
Byline: Howard Fineman (With Tamara Lipper with Bush, T. Trent Gegax and Susannah Meadows with Kerry and Arian Campo-Flores in Florida) Presidential candidates love baseball in October. Sitting in front of a tube, they can bond with couch-potato...
The Physicist and the Torched SUVs
Byline: Andrew Murr Could a little-understood mental disorder called Asperger's syndrome clear Billy Cottrell of ecoterrorism charges? Cottrell, 24, is a brilliant but quirky physics grad student at the California Institute of Technology who faces...
The Science of Scare Tactics; the Shorthand Bush Is Relying on Is That He Will Protect America and Kerry Won't. Does Anyone Really Believe Kerry Wouldn't Fight Al Qaeda?
Byline: Jonathan Alter It's fright night in the 2004 presidential campaign--Halloween come early. President Bush says you'll be taxed into poverty, then blown up by a terrorist if you vote for John Kerry, while Kerry says that voting for Bush means...
The Voters: Igniting the Black Base; President Bush Is Gaining Ground among African-American Voters. Can Kerry Fire Up This Critical Democratic Precinct?
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores and Daren Briscoe It was billed as a private meeting for frank talk. Early this month in Philadelphia, Sen. John Kerry sat down with black clergy from around the country to discuss topics ranging from gay marriage to the...
The Voters: Shepherding the Flock; in Missouri, the Faithful Are Doing Their Part to See That the GOP Hits Its Goal of Maximizing Turnout for President Bush
Byline: Rebecca Sinderbrand If America's Bible belt has a buckle, it just might be the Central Assembly of God, in Springfield, Mo. John Ashcroft used to pray in this massive, high-ceilinged church, and the congregants are, by and large, a lot like...
Top of His Game; New York's Attorney General Is Reforming Yet Another Big Industry. His Secret? Inside 'Spitzer's Playbook.'
Byline: Charles Gasparino Another week, another industry shaken to its core by Eliot Spitzer, New York's attorney general. Two years ago he unearthed explosive e-mails from Wall Street research analysts that showed how they intentionally hyped stocks...
TV, Money and 'Crossfire' Politics; There's No Ideological Coherence to Partisan Positions. but You Must Support Your Team. If You Don't, It Screws Up the TV Show
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) There are no unscripted moments in American politics anymore, certainly not seven days before the presidential election. That's why the talk of Washington last week was a few...
Welcome to 2004, President Washington; A Historian's View of What the Founder Would Make of Our Time
Byline: >By Joseph J. Ellis (ELLIS is the author of the forthcoming "His Excellency: George Washington" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Founding Brothers.") During the last presidential election, I was on the road promoting my book about America's...
Wine: But Does It Do Solitaire?
Byline: Steve Friess Some restaurant experts thought sommelier Andrew Bradbury was sipping too much vino a decade ago when he predicted he could make wine lists less intimidating by allowing diners to browse them at the table on a portable computer....