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. 156, No. 01, July 5

A Letter from Lady Thatcher
Byline: Julia Baird To my brand-new chum, Sarah Palin. Dear Mrs. Palin, Of course I would be happy to meet with you during your upcoming trip to London. We have much to discuss: how to destroy socialists, carry on Ronnie's legacy, and shut...
Captured by the Taliban
Byline: Jere Van Dyk Since the terror attacks of 2001, no Western reporter has crossed into the tribal areas that line the Pakistan-Afghanistan divide. I thought I could be the one. Now in my 60s, I had spent my adult life working and traveling...
Criticism in an Age of Disproportion
Byline: Jon Meacham In case you missed it--which is unlikely if you are reading this--President Obama gave an Oval Office speech last Tuesday on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the remarks were hardly the stuff of legend--Lincoln's...
Death on Our Shores
Byline: Daniel Gross As a foreign company, BP may suffer harsher treatment at the hands of consumers and lawmakers. In the ordinary course of events, big firms--even the most authentically American ones--like to present themselves as citizens...
Ditch Your iPhone
Byline: Jeneen Interlandi And other secrets to healthy living from doctors at Harvard Medical School. TRICK YOURSELF INTO EXERCISING--THOMAS LEE Like most people, I don't love exercise. When I started to gain weight and my wife bought a rowing...
Finding a Friendly Face in Russia
Byline: Owen Matthews and Anna Nemtsova What has come over Vladimir Putin? Not so long ago the Russian leader was raging against the United States for trying to become "the one single master" of the world, blasting NATO for "creeping up to Russia's...
Healthy at Any Age
Byline: Mary Carmichael In the era of Google, medical advice is more confusing than ever. Here's a guide to what you really need to know, and when. It's a cliche that we're living in the too much Information Age, and if you Google anything related...
Is Silence Golden?
Byline: Howard Fineman Circumventing the press may pay. Do political candidates still need the press? Based on what's going on in Kentucky, where I began my career, I'm no longer sure. After saying a few weeks ago that a part of the Civil Rights...
Keys to a Healthy Life
Research By Ian Yarett Under 2 Years DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING The AAP recommends that infants and young children be assessed for developmental delays and behavioral disabilities. Talk to your child's doctor about the types and frequency of...
McCain's Mistake
Byline: Fareed Zakaria The regime in Iran isn't about to fall. As Barack Obama goes through one of his most difficult periods as president, you might wonder what it would have been like if the other guy had won. We will never know, of course,...
Order on the Court
Byline: Stuart Taylor Jr. Kagan may be to the right of Stevens on war powers. Why that won't matter much. With Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearing due to start June 28, left-leaning skeptics worry that she may be...
Smart, Young, and Broke
Byline: Melinda Liu and Marije Vlaskamp White-collar workers are china's newest underclass. At first glance, Guo Yilei looks like a Chinese success story. Born to a poor peasant family in China's remote Gansu province, he's now a 26-year-old...
Ta-Ta, Taliban?
Byline: Ron Moreau Under intense U.S. pressure to drive deeper into the jihadist havens of North and South Waziristan, Pakistan is trying to clear the area its own way. The country's military chiefs dread the losses their troops would suffer against...
The Brainy Blockbuster
Byline: Jeremy McCarter Every summer, the question grows more pertinent: what's so special about special effects? The more potent that Hollywood's CGI tools get, the less exciting and surprising they seem. This is the reason--well, one of the reasons--why...
The Caregiving Boomerang
Byline: Gail Sheehy The most devoted family caretakers are at risk of dying first themselves. Survival strategies from the author of 'Passages.' Fifty is the gateway to the most liberating passage in a woman's life. Children are making test flights...
The Fear Factor
Byline: Dahlia Lithwick Why gay-rights opponents won't testify. One of the hot new trends in litigation this year is fear. Witnesses in important gay-rights cases have claimed they were too afraid to testify because they feared they would be...
The Fire Next Time
It's not hard to rage at BP, what with CEO Tony Hayward reminding us almost daily about how the company has bungled the gulf oil spill. What's difficult is to point the finger at ourselves, to look at our own energy-consumption practices and think...
The Surprising Toll of Sleep Deprivation
Byline: Lawrence J. Epstein How skimping on rest affects your brain, your hormones, and your heart. How much sleep is enough? Is how sleepy you feel a good judge of whether or not you are getting enough sleep? If you get less sleep than some...
This Is Your Brain. Aging
Byline: Sharon Begley Science is reshaping what we know about getting older. (The news is better than you think.) Over the years, Timothy Salthouse has tested more than 8,000 people in his lab at the University of Virginia, assessing their memories,...
Time to Tap T.R
Byline: Jonathan Alter And renew the progressive tradition. The BP spill is a failure not just of technology but ideology. That oil flows into the ocean from the deregulatory tide of the last 30 years. President Obama is right to compare the...
Word Spill
Byline: George F. Will Our Demosthenes is also Alibi Ike. Our Demosthenes seems to regard the rule of strategic reticence as irrelevant to him. The rule: Do not speak unless you can improve the silence. He did not do that with his Oval Office...
Your Carbon Foodprint
Byline: Jennie Yabroff The server at Otarian, the new vegetarian fast-food chain that bills itself as "the planet's low-carbon restaurant," was trying to persuade a customer to try the "Choc O Treat." "It's sooo good, it's chocolatey, and it comes...