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. 159, No. 16, April 18

All Eyes on Amadou & Mariam
Byline: Jesse Ellison Mali's magic couple. it's been some 30 years since Amadou & Mariam first broke onto the world-music scene. Since then, the "blind couple from Mali" has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to U2, becoming...
All in the Family
Byline: Pat Wingert and Aram Roston The popular daytime TV host hawks his diet books on his show. His son publishes them. Inside the McGraws' cozy clan. The packed audience on the Dr. Phil show is hungry for advice. It is four days after Thanksgiving...
Black Mood
Byline: Tina Brown America, beset by race. Has the killing of Trayvon Martin given the lie to the idea of a "post-racial" America? Is it proof of a submerged white racism we choose to ignore? Those heat-of-the-moment inferences may yet be falsified....
Cherchez la Femme
Byline: Rebecca Dana The old boys' club just isn't what it used to be. Have all-male clubs lost their cachet? A decade ago, the testosterone fortress of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia was a battlefront of the feminist movement. Now,...
If I Had a Son, He'd Look like George Zimmerman
Byline: Paul Theroux 'The implication of looks equating to innocence (or guilt) is illogical and emotive and divisive, and indeed racially charged.' So many stories of racial intimidation in America involve a routine encounter with the police....
I Know Mitt's Veep Pick!
Byline: Don't Believe The Hype: It Won't Be Ryan Or Rubio. By Paul Begala You heard it here first: Mitt Romney is going to select Rob Portman, the junior senator from Ohio, to be his running mate. I have no insight into how Romney will make this...
Is Obama Making It Worse?
Byline: Andrew Romano And Allison Samuels An exclusive Newsweek poll reveals the persistenceof America's stark racial divide. Once upon a time, millions of people seemed to believe that electing Barack Obama president would automatically improve...
It's Not a Tumor!
Byline: Britt Peterson The psychology behind cyberchondria. It's a familiar story. You feel a little under the weather, so you rush to WebMD or MedicineNet for a self-diagnosis. When you leave the sites, you're convinced your headache and minor...
It's the Weather, Stupid
Byline: How else to explain the delirium of the Obama boosters? By Niall Ferguson It must be the weather. For some reason, everyone thinks that the economy is recovering and so President Obama is going to be reelected. Just put a bit of blossom...
Jim Yong Kim
Byline: Rob Cox A most unusual--and logical--choice. If the competition to become the World Bank's next president were a normal process, Jim Yong Kim wouldn't stand a chance. The Dartmouth College president lacks two of the traditional qualifications...
Morning Stars Rising
Byline: Howard Kurtz Journalism suffers as TV news seeks salvation in celebrity. Television news now feasts on fame, the gaudier the better, with journalistic credentials a mere afterthought. Thus it was that Sarah Palin wound up co-hosting...
My Favorite Mistake: Steven Tyler
Byline: Steven Tyler On dressing like a lady. I've always gotten in trouble for doing what was in my heart. I grew up jumping out of the highest tree and diving off the highest diving board, and every year I climb up a couple more feet to get...
Never Argue with a Man with a Gun
Byline: Walter Mosley To call a man a 'white man' is racist terminology in itself. Pretty far back in the 20th century, when the American government was waging an immoral war on Vietnam and conducting illegal campaigns against Martin Luther King...
Pigeon Pie, Anyone?
Byline: Regina Schrambling Game of Thrones is jumping on the cookbook bandwagon. There is no tuning out Game of Thrones and Mad Men and even True Blood, what with the surrounding media frenzy and incessant chirping on Twitter. Now the shows are...
Tech Spec
Byline: Dan Lyons Silicon Valley is the new Las Vegas. Groupon, which runs the largest coupon website in the world, went public last November, and already it is having problems. In March the company announced it was revising down the financial...
The Amazon of Luxury
Byline: Nancy Hass She helped addict American women to online flash sales. next up: winning over Wall Street. how Susan Lyne is dressing up gilt groupe to go public. Susan Lyne thought she knew what it was to have fans. She's had decades of being...
The Devil in Deryl Dedmon
Byline: Tony Dokoupil In a parking lot in Mississippi, he killed a black man with his truck. He's in jail for a hate crime--but his black friends disagree. "Do you want to go muddin'?" It's nearly midnight in Brandon, Miss., home to what the...
'The Lady' and Me
Byline: Lauren Streib Michelle Yeoh on transforming into Aung San Suu Kyi. In the film The Lady you play Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democratic revolutionary. Why did you want to portray such a significant historical figure? I think most...
The Magic of Coachella
Byline: Chris Lee This year, it's so nice you'll see it twice. Last june, the news detonated across America's skinny-jeans-wearing populace with the shock of a 4,000-pound bomb. Hipsterdom's indie- music extravaganza, the Coachella Valley Music...
The Mail
'The Forgotten Jesus' Amen to Andrew Sullivan's article on forgetting the church and following Jesus (April 9). I'm a retired pastor who did just that. Jesus comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable. Today the church ignores the afflicted,...
The Sidney Harman I Knew
Byline: Justine Harman He was a candy smuggler, a beer drinker--and a magician. When I was born, my father was 66 years old. Old 8mm videos of my older brother and me depict the same casual disregard any child has for a parent. My father,...
The World on a Page
Byline: Tunku Varadarajan Provocative poetry, prohibited cheese. Scoop D'Etat The Indian Express, a Delhi daily, put on a world-class show of histrionics last week when it gave over its entire front page to a report of fears in Prime Minister...
To Catch a Predator
Byline: Abigail Pesta One woman's quest to solve 11,000 rapes. Kym Worthy was a first-year law student at the University of Notre Dame when she was raped. A man approached her from behind as she jogged one night, throwing a cloth over her head...
Your Credit Swiped
Byline: Christopher Elliott Can the feds protect your visa card? Unless you work for a bank, you probably missed the news about the latest credit security breach. Last month, 1.5 million credit-card accounts were stolen from Global Payments,...