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. 151, No. 25, June 23

A Bid for an Obama Cabinet
Byline: Mark Hosenball They both ran for the White House, though one got closer--much closer--than the other. They both sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with their junior colleague Barack Obama. And if the Illinois senator is elected...
A Deadly Disparity
Blacks are more likely than whites to die of breast and prostate cancer. Researchers want to know why. Not so long ago, people were often uncomfortable discussing breast or prostate cancer. The science was also limited by a lack of funding. But...
Advice for Survivors
A Harvard doctor who has battled breast cancer herself tackles the challenges of life after treatment. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAX AGUILERA HELLWEG FOR NEWSWEEK AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: Silver looks ahead NEW YORK, N.Y.: I am 25 and a three-year non-Hodgkin's...
Aiming to Avoid the Dole-Drums
Byline: Holly Bailey McCain needs to learn from the mistakes of another honored war hero who ran for the White House and lost. John McCain has long known what it's like for a teleprompter-challenged Republican senator to go up against a charismatic,...
A Secret Mission on the Streets
Byline: Danielle Steel; Steel's "Rogue" arrives in bookstores June 24. It is her 75th book. The author goes public about her work helping the homeless. The reality of homelessness landed squarely in my lap one dark December day 10 years ago....
A Summer Party on a Plate
Byline: Julia Reed We had people over and served them cantaloupe daiquiris with basil and fresh coriander. On Memorial Day weekend, my husband, John, and I planned a much-needed getaway to the Gulf Coast of Florida, which I then managed to delay...
Attention Must Be Paid
Byline: Anna Quindlen Senator? Senator! I have gray hair and crow's feet and a lifetime of being underestimated. I'm nobody's sweetie. And I vote. Congrats, Senator Obama, from one of those middle-aged white women who voted for Hillary Clinton...
A War Worth Fighting
Byline: Christopher Hitchens; Hitchens, A Newsweek Contributor, Is A Columnist For Vanity Fair. Revisionists say that World War II was unnecessary. They're wrong. Is there any one shared principle or assumption on which our political consensus...
Better Get A Better Vetter
Byline: Mark Hosenball When Barack Obama enlisted Washington insider Jim Johnson to vet potential running mates, the last thing his campaign expected was that Johnson himself would become an embarrassment. A former aide to Vice President Walter...
Brides Go on a Budget in This Lousy Economy
Byline: Ashley R. Harris Like so many women, Michelle La Rocca knew from childhood exactly what she wanted her wedding to look and feel like: Cinderella at the ball. But when the big day rolled around last summer, she was hit with a dose of reality....
Do as I Say, Not as I Do
Byline: Sharon Begley Hypocrisy requires high-level thinking. In our heart and gut, we're more moral, honest and fair. Finding examples of moral hypocrisy is just too easy, what with Eliot Spitzer (former New York governor, moralizing proponent...
Everywhere and Beyond
Byline: Richard Wolffe Will Obama win Wyoming? Don't be silly. Still, Paul Tewes's job is to make McCain defend his turf. Barack Obama's supporters talk about how they've given sweat and tears to the cause. Paul Tewes can do better than that:...
'Get Smart': Good Advice
Byline: David Ansen We give Carell's unfunny film a secret agent pan. Maxwell Smart, the clueless, bumbling secret agent created by Don Adams in the popular '60s TV series "Get Smart," has gotten a major I.Q. boost in the Steve Carell movie version....
God, Politics and the Making of A Joyful Warrior
Byline: Jon Meacham; With Pat Wingert, Suzanne Smalley, Brian No And April Yee "Hello, brother," the baritone rumbled on the other end of the phone. "I've got a great deal for you." It was Tim Russert, and there was a twinkle in his tone--the kind...
God's Word, According to Wikipedia
Byline: Matthew Philips A few times a week, Alastair Haines, a grad student at the Presbyterian Theological Centre in Sydney, sits down with a Greek version of the New Testament and translates a bit of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Haines...
Isn't She Just A Doll?
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Abigail Breslin-- Little Miss Sunshine herself--stars in "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." Breslin, 12, spoke to Ramin Setoodeh, direct from the American Girl doll store in Dallas: Are you going to buy any dolls? I...
Learning from the Oil Shock
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson The world may have arrived at the equivalent of Peak Oil. Old fields are in decline, while governments limit new oil projects. We all know that gasoline is at $4 a gallon and oil is at $135 a barrel. But if you think...
Let Me Worship as I Am
Byline: Jimmy Doyle; Doyle Lives In Sherman Oaks, Calif. From a young age I felt called to Christ. But as a gay man, I took a long time to find my spiritual home. In October 2005 I took the soup. To an Irish Catholic, "taking the soup" means...
No Country for 270 Men
Byline: Michael Isikoff White House and Justice Department lawyers are bracing for a flood of new court battles as a result of last week's historic Supreme Court ruling, which granted Guantanamo Bay detainees the right to seek their freedom in federal...
Overplaying Its Hand
Byline: Stuart Taylor Jr. By denying Gitmo detainees basic legal protections, the Bush administration forced the high court to act. When it comes to national security--fighting wars and defending the nation--the courts have long deferred to the...
Perspectives
"If NASCAR dads are a swing vote in this election, let's just pick Petraeus and hose down the racetrack with testosterone." Radio host Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on the advice he offered to John McCain...
She Had Such Nice Things to Say
Byline: Jonathan Darman To get McCain elected, Carly Fiorina is talking up ... Hillary. For the past 15 months, Carly Fiorina has given her life to John McCain. A brand-name businesswoman owing to her tumultuous tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard,...
'Some Kids Do Die'
Byline: Mary Carmichael How a pediatric oncologist balances reality and optimism. The banjo helps. A few weeks ago, Dr. Holcombe Grier was contemplating a sad truth in a side hallway of the children's ward at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston....
The Doctor Factor
Byline: Claudia Kalb Doctors and patients who battle cancer together can develop a unique bond: corned beef on chemo day. They are two women engaged in the universal banter of motherhood. "I brought wedding pictures," says Karen Ulisney, pulling...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Albert Schweitzer once observed that any biographer of Jesus ends up seeing himself in the face of Christ. The same has been true of American presidents and Winston Churchill when it comes to war leadership: they long to see...
The Mythology of Munich
Byline: Evan Thomas Chamberlain's deal with Hitler has become shorthand for naive, weak leadership. But governing by analogy can be a mistake, too. If you were making the movie, the scene might go something like this: It is late May 1940. France...
The Science of Gun Control
Byline: David Noonan Local background checks are more effective at reducing suicides and homicides than federal checks. There's nothing simple about gun control, a tangle of legal, political and public-health issues complicated by cultural preferences...
TV's Not-So-Great Pyramid
Byline: Rod Nordland A documentary discovers 'The Lost Pyramid' of Giza. It turns out that 'Lost' is a relative term. "The Lost Pyramid" is one of those rare documentaries with a revelation so stunning, it's made headlines before anyone has seen...
Your Lifestyle, Your Genes, and Cancer
New research explores the complex interactions that cause our most dreaded disease. A look into some of the steps you can take to reduce your risk. We've known for a long time that a high-fat diet, obesity and lack of exercise can increase the risk...