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. 153, No. 10, March 9

A Big Swing and a Miss
Byline: Mark Hosenball In retrospect, Kyle (Dusty) Foggo probably wasn't such a smart choice to be CIA Director Porter Goss's No. 3 during the Bush administration. Foggo, who was sentenced to three years in prison last week after pleading guilty...
And Now, a Word from Our Nemesis
Byline: Jesse Ellison and Matthew Philips Begun in 1966, the rebuttal to the State of the Union (and other major presidential addresses) has evolved into a high-profile audition for a rising star from the opposing party. But it's a dubious honor,...
Autism and Education
Byline: Stephanie Lindsley; Lindsley lives in Beavercreek, Ohio. Who should we focus on--my disabled son or my gifted girl? My son and my daughter are happy, active, healthy children who enjoy school and are lucky to have a solid family life....
Blog the Record Straight
Byline: Melinda Liu The role of bloggers has been firmly established: they are self-appointed ombudsmen, documenting mistakes by media and government. But in China, where the Web is less censored than the mainstream media, Netizens have carved out...
Confessions of A Pundit
Byline: Zachary Karabell; Karabell is president of River Twice Research. Economic commentators may be insightful, but they're not neutral. Market forces shape their views. With the financial system in tatters and trillions of dollars of public...
FDR's Sweater Fable
Byline: George F. Will President Obama said he is strengthening government 'not because I believe in bigger government--I don't.' Chant: Yes you do. On April 12, 1933, the 40th day of his presidency, Franklin Roosevelt met with reporters and...
Learning to Live with Radical Islam
Byline: Fareed Zakaria We don't have to accept the stoning of criminals. But it's time to stop treating all Islamists as potential terrorists. Pakistan's Swat valley is quiet once again. Often compared to Switzerland for its stunning landscape...
Midnight Madness
Byline: Joshua Alston Jimmy Fallon prepares for the late-night wars. It's hard to imagine pitying someone who just got a glitzy, lucrative, high-profile job (or any job, for that matter). But Jimmy Fallon, the charming, if a bit fratty, "Saturday...
Neighbors in Flight
Byline: Kevin Peraino; With Joanna Chen in Jerusalem Acre was a rare oasis of calm. Now hate and fear have taken charge. The Mediterranean port of acre has long attracted men with violent ambitions. Alexander the Great arrived in the fourth century...
No Apologies
Byline: Raina Kelley We're all worried about seeming racist. Some advice: just relax. Dear fellow journalists (especially the ones on TV): can I offer you a bit of unsolicited advice? Be brave. Listening to you talk (and talk and talk) around...
Now 4 Restaurant 2.0
Byline: Andrew Romano Thanks to Twitter and the Web, L.A. is obsessed with the Korean tacos of America's first viral restaurant. Imitation, as they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. Which is why the most revealing part of a recent Wednesday...
Obama Should Talk to Syria Now
Damascus is signaling that it's ready to negotiate a separate peace with Israel. It won't happen without America's help. The silent treatment has to stop. Opportunity" and "Middle East" are rarely mentioned in the same breath, and for good reason....
Obama's Pelosi Problem
Byline: Holly Bailey The president has laid out a paradigm-shifting agenda. There will be pushback from the GOP--but less, perhaps, were it not for the House Speaker. Charlie Dent wanted to vote for Barack Obama's stimulus package. Obama really...
Perspectives
"There's not a single line in the budget that won't have someone who cares about it very strongly. And yet if we allowed all of those lines to -- grow over time, we would wind up with a fiscal crisis." White House budget director Peter Orszag, on...
Politics Takes a Right Turn in Jerusalem
Byline: Lally Weymouth The next Israeli government is likely to be a narrow, hard-line coalition, led by some unlikely bedfellows. Likud Party | Benjamin Netanyahu Israel's Prime Minister-Elect, Benjamin Netanyahu, sat down last week for a...
Reining in Bubbles So They Won't Pop
Our financial system accelerates the human instinct to go wild during good times. Perhaps we need some automatic brakes. When financial historians look back at the last six months, they'll be hard-pressed to explain precisely why our advanced financial...
Rethinking Race in the Classroom
Byline: Allison Samuels In the age of Obama, some want to banish 'Huck Finn' and abolish Black History Month. Why they're wrong. The day my ninth-grade english teacher, Mr. Buzzell, assigned my class "To Kill a Mockingbird" still sticks in my...
Suburban Stall
Byline: Malcolm Jones 'Mad Men' is hot. So is Richard Yates. Where are the Cheever believers? A year or so ago, I was sitting in a Manhattan bar with A group of friends, and when the waiter arrived with the drinks, the talk turned to John Cheever...
The Busiest Woman in Washington
Byline: Katie Connolly and Evan Thomas As social secretary, Desiree Rogers is gatekeeper and imagemaker. But her top job is brand promoter--casting the Obamas as occupants of a 'People's House.' The White House has been, historically, a very...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Daniel Klaidman A few weeks after 9/11, when Americans were scared and bewildered, Fareed Zakaria wrote a cover story in this magazine under the deceptively simple headline "Why They Hate Us." At a time of confusion and understandable rage,...
The Nurse Will See You Now
Byline: Jerry Adler Nurses perform much of the patient care that TV shows attribute to the much more glamorous profession of doctor. The first nurse who saved my son's life was actually a doctor--a first-year pediatric resident who had been called...
There's a World of Trouble out There
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh; With Owen Matthews in Moscow, Melinda Liu in Beijing and John Barry in Washington The CIA faces a threat it's never been great at analyzing: the fallout from global recession. In 1930, few people thought...
The Science Behind Our Generosity
How psychology affects what we give charities. Imagine that you are walking near a shallow ornamental pond when you notice that a small child has fallen in, and is apparently in danger of drowning. You look around for the child's caregiver, but...
The Ugly Truth about That Poor Little Rich Girls Blog
Byline: Tony Dokoupil It was billed as a blog and support group for Wall Street's saddest cases: the once pampered young women forced to adjust to life without bottle service, Bergdorf Goodman accounts and boom-time sex--the collateral damage caused...
Till Death Do Us Part
Byline: Devin Gordon The long-awaited 'Watchmen' movie takes loyalty to new limits. And that's exactly what's wrong with it. Till Death Do Us Part Somebody had better appreciate the guts it takes to admit this: the first time I saw "The Phantom...
Try a Little Tea and Sympathy
Byline: Dan Ephron, Ron Moreau, John Barry And Mark Hosenball ADM. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, likes to tell people he's on his third cup of tea with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who heads Pakistan's Army. During their...
When Judges Behave Badly
Judges are not gods. But we must trust them to do their jobs, or do away with the institution itself. February was a spectacularly bad month for the judging business. Last week Samuel Kent, a federal district judge in Texas, pleaded guilty to obstruction-of-justice...
Where the Neon Lights Are Bright-And Drivers Are No Longer Welcome
Byline: Nick Summers Under Mayor Bloomberg, New York City is embracing a controversial theory: closing down streets can reduce traffic jams. As the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg usually takes the subway to work. When he travels by...
Why Doctors Hate Science
Byline: Sharon Begley Scaremongers warn that 'effectiveness research' threatens the lives of Americans. Thank God doctors in the United States are free to treat patients as they deem best, free from interference by faceless bureaucrats. If bureaucrats...