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 July 24

A Busload of Losers; but 'Little Miss Sunshine' Is an Absolute Winner
***** CORRECTION: In "A Busload of Losers" (July 24) we misspelled the name of Michael Arndt, the screenwriter of "Little Miss Sunshine," and incorrectly reported that the movie won both critics and audience awards at Sundance. In fact, it wasn't...
Americans of Generous Heart and Mind
Readers said our July 10 cover story on "Giving Back" went a long way in lifting their spirits and prompting them to make new resolutions. One said, "Your stories about ordinary and not-so-ordinary people 'giving back' are a comfort, a joy and an inspiration...
A New View of the Boys Club; A Transgendered Stanford Professor Speaks out against Discrimination in the Sciences
Byline: Claudia Kalb Ben Barres knows how it feels to be treated like a girl. Back in high school, Ben--who at that point was a girl named Barbara--was desperate to ditch sewing and cooking class for the "boy" stuff: woodworking, mechanical engineering,...
A Very Kinky Campaign; an Unpopular Incumbent. A Lackluster Field. Could Kinky Friedman Sneak into the Texas Statehouse?
Byline: Holly Bailey The temperature gauge reads 93 degrees, and in the blazing Texas sunshine outside Carl's Corner truck stop near Dallas, about 100 people stand sweltering in the dusty gravel parking lot, waiting to celebrate the grand opening...
Beliefwatch: New Look
Byline: Michael Kress If you think that Hare Krishnas disappeared when the Age of Aquarius ended, look in the next cubicle--one may be working in your office, wearing a suit, with a full head of hair. This week the Hare Krishnas celebrate their...
Career Intervention: M. Night Shyamalan; He's a Great Talent, but Has Arrogance Become a Problem? It's Time for Some Tough Love
Byline: Sean Smith The Crisis: He wrote and directed "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs." His films have grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. Now, judging from conversations with impartial observers around Hollywood, the perception is that success has gone...
Disney's Star Machine; How Did 'High School Musical,' a Basic-Cable TV Movie, Become a Genuine Pop-Culture Phenomenon? It Wasn't an Accident
***** CORRECTION: The name of the producer of "Cheetah Girls" was misstated ("Disney's Star Machine"). She is Debra Martin Chase. NEWSWEEK regrets the error ***** Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts (With Jessica Ramirez, Karen Springen, Jamie Reno,...
English Spoken Here; Bonjour? Nihao? It's Still All Greek to Most U.S. Kids
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert A pristine lake in the Minnesota woods may seem an unlikely setting for classes in calligraphy, martial arts and Chinese cooking. But for the more than 350 youngsters studying Chinese this summer at Concordia...
Gifts: Thanks So Much!
***** CORRECTION: In Periscope's "Thanks so Much!" (July 24) Stuart Baker was wrongly identified as the "policy chief" at the Department of Homeland Security. Actually, Stewart Baker is head of policy for DHS. Stuart Baker, a DHS analyst who worked...
'I'm the Guy to Run GM'; So Says CEO Rick Wagoner as He Responds to Critics Growing Impatient with His Turnaround Plans
Byline: Keith Naughton Over dinner in Detroit last Friday night, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn discussed concocting a car colossus that would control one quarter of the world's auto sales. But for Wagoner,...
Iris Scans: Keeping an Eye on Sex Offenders
Byline: Lynn Waddell and Arian Campo-Flores Authorities have gained a new high-tech tool to keep track of sex offenders: the Sex Offender Registry and Identification System (SORIS), a biometric database that stores images of sex offenders' irises....
Is Oil at the Tipping Point? Oil Markets Are Operating on Fear. the Middle East Fighting Could Cause Higher Prices and Threaten the Economy
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson It's been a minor miracle: the presumed power of soaring oil prices to cause an economic crisis has turned out to be more myth than reality. We Americans have grumbled loudly about rising gasoline prices while tanking...
It's Just a Wheelchair, Not a Batmobile; I Shouldn't Be Called a Hero for My Disability, but I Guess I Can't Help It If People Learn from My Story
Byline: Ben Mattlin (Mattlin lives in Los Angeles.) For as long as I can remember, people have told me my life would make a good book. They say this because I was born with a severe, progressive neuromuscular disability. I've never walked or stood....
My Secret Life as a Penny-Stock Tout
Byline: Steven Levy Gotten any spam lately? Of course you have. Despite blockers, blacklists, whitelists and even federal regulation, those infuriating incursions on your in box continue. Now let me ask a more embarrassing question: gotten any spam...
Newsmakers; Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Joshua Alston Tom Hanks Hanks dons another creative hat to produce the animated feature "The Ant Bully." He spoke with Nicki Gostin. How did you become involved with this movie? My son brought a book called "The Ant...
Perspectives
"We've decided to put an end to this saga." Israeli security cabinet member Isaac Herzog, on his country's decision to attack the militant group Hizbullah in Lebanon "If what he said is true, then I want his balls on a platter."Malika Zidane, ...
Politics: A Test for Stem Cells-And for Senator Talent
Byline: Jonathan Darman The Senate takes up a proposal to expand stem-cell research this week; it's a hot issue for the Christian right, so conservative opponents will be jockeying for attention. But one opponent doesn't want the spotlight: Jim...
Return to Sender; While the Pols Debate Ways to Keep Illegal Immigrants out, the Feds Are Cracking Down on Those Already In-Country
Byline: Daren Briscoe Mark Pilat took a deep breath, braced himself and knocked on the door. A deportation officer with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency--that's "ICE" in Fed lingo--Pilat and his team...
Technology: A Digital Photo Finish
Byline: John Sparks and Karen Springen For the best snapshots, photographers are now clicking more with their computers. Credit online photo sites, which are growing in a ... flash. (We couldn't resist.) This year, U.S. consumers will spend $300...
Terror on the Tracks; Worrisome Suspects in India's Train Bombings
Byline: Sudip Mazumdar, Zahid Hussain and Ron Moreau They seem to have drawn little notice as they squeezed aboard the packed first-class carriages. Most passengers were concentrating on getting home from a long, rainy Tuesday at the office in India's...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker As Israeli bombs rained down on Beirut last week, our Jerusalem bureau chief, Kevin Peraino, called a shaken Lebanese friend he has gotten to know during his frequent trips to the city. Fashionable, secular and politically...
The First Time Is the Charm; A New Director Makes His Bones on 'Monster House.'
Byline: Devin Gordon Three years ago, before the ink was dry on Gil Kenan's UCLA film-school diploma, industry titans Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg chose him to direct an animated family movie they were producing called "Monster House"--instantly...
The Hand That Feeds the Fire; Behind the Crisis: How Iran Is Wielding Its Influence to Wage a Stealthy War against Israel and America
Byline: Christopher Dickey, Kevin Peraino and Babak Dehghanpisheh (With Richard Wolffe in St. Petersburg, Joanna Chen and Dan Ephron in Jerusalem, Scott Johnson in Baghdad, and Mark Hosenball and John Barry in Washington) The cool rage of Hassan...
The War as Wedge Issue
Byline: Anna Quindlen Every war develops its own rhetoric, its own catchphrases--especially, in our modern world, its own sound bites. The war in Iraq is no exception, and its mantra, once you get past "bringing freedom" and "cut and run," is "chaos."...
The White House: The Legacy on the Line; the Showdown in the Middle East Provides the Toughest Test Yet of the Pillars of President Bush's Foreign Policy
Byline: Michael Hirsh (With Richard Wolffe, traveling on Air Force One, and Kevin Peraino in Jerusalem) The Bush team didn't see this one coming. Maybe it was simply that too many other volcanoes were erupting at the same time. Iraq was tipping...
This Week Online
Byline: Maria Cristina Caballero; For Maria Cristina Caballero's full interview, go to xtra.NEWSWEEK.com Merilee Grindle NEWSWEEK: An electoral court has until December to decide whether Felipe Calderon won Mexico's presidential race or whether...