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. 03, January 19

Bring in the Diplomats
Byline: Richard N. Haass; Haass is a NEWSWEEK contributor and president of the Council on Foreign Relations. A ceasefire would only be the beginning. Nothing can be achieved in Gaza if moderates aren't given a reason to choose talk over terror....
China's Economy Stays out of the Red
Byline: Rana Foroohar; With Melinda Liu and Mary Hennock in Beijing and Duncan Hewitt in Shanghai The Middle Kingdom's blend of communism and capitalism gives it an edge in tough times. Government meddling in the private sector used to be seen...
Don't Forget the Owls
Byline: Jerry Adler Researchers seeking the true meaning of wisdom look to the Greeks, ant colonies and ... Sylvia Miles? The quest for wisdom is as old as Socrates, but it's also an up-to-the-minute economic indicator. A contrarian one: when...
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Byline: Daniel Lyons Palm hopes the Pre will win over people who have been intimidated by larger, bulkier smartphones (read: women). Jon Rubinstein is a bit of a legend in Silicon Valley, having helped create two of the most iconic products of...
Era of Good Speaking
Byline: Anna Quindlen The atmosphere demands it, the American people need it. The Inaugural Address should be the first salvo by an orator in chief. Dear president-elect Obama, your Inaugural Address looms, and the weight of both history and...
'Everyone Welcome'-Even Now
Byline: Chris Buice; Buice is minister of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville. After a senseless act of violence in our church, we did not give in to anger. We sought a better way. "Shall we meet hate with hate?" That...
God and the Oath of Office
Byline: Lisa Miller Did Washington swear to God? That legend may be as apocryphal as the one about the cherry tree. Why shouldn't Barack Obama say "so help me god" when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20? That's what I wondered when I learned...
Hillary Will Be Soooo Jealous
Another season, another administration takes over on "24." This time the president is played by Cherry Jones. She spoke with Ramin Setoodeh. Congratulations, Madame President. Well, thank you very much. Are you filming now? I actually just...
Not Just Urban Legend
Byline: Jeneen Interlandi Organ trafficking was long considered a myth. But now mounting evidence suggests it is a real and growing problem, even in America. By the time her work brought her back to the United States, Nancy Scheper-Hughes had...
Obama's Cheney Dilemma
Byline: Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas Cheney pushed for expanded presidential powers. Now that he's leaving, what will come of his efforts? The new president won't have to wait long to tip his hand. Dick Cheney, who will step down as vice...
Obama's Unhealthy Choices
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson He can't control long-term entitlement spending unless he curbs health care, which accounts for a quarter of the federal budget. Barack Obama talked somberly last week about getting the federal budget under control...
Perspectives
"It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth. But at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe." President-elect...
Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009
An Honorable Christian Soldier Father Richard John Neuhaus's work will be remembered and debated for decades. As a Lutheran pastor, he was one of the first civil-rights activists to identify the pro-life cause with the moral truths for which he...
Sorry, No Fireworks This Time
Byline: Mark Hosenball Back in the 1990s, a generation of ambitious congressional Republicans made their bones with inquisitions into the affairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton. But when Hillary shows up this week for her Senate confirmation hearing...
Spooked by the New Guy
Byline: Mark Hosenball President-Elect Obama may have pleased his base by naming a CIA chief--former Clinton aide Leon Panetta--who had nothing to do with the Bush administration's controversial interrogation practices. But Obama may have riled...
Stumping for Sunnis
Byline: Jessica Ramirez; With Larry Kaplow, Saad al-Izzi and Hussam Ali And Shiites and Kurds. Electioneering in Iraq is still a work in progress. Ibrahim al-Jaafari believes in old-style campaign tactics--like paying off tribal blood debts....
Switched-On Highways
Electric cars are cheaper and faster than any hybrid on the market, says Shai Agassi. The all-electric automobile is not a new idea: in 1900, a quarter of the cars produced in the United States ran on batteries alone. But when Henry Ford debuted...
The Dangerous Lives of Doves in Israel
Byline: Kevin Peraino; With Joanna Chen in Jerusalem The war has revived Israel's leftists, but it's killing their chances of a deal with Palestinian moderates. Only a few weeks ago, Ehud Barak's political prospects were a joke. When he appeared...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Rush Limbaugh was on the phone. Ten days before Christmas, Dick Cheney was at his desk in the West Wing, talking about the past and the future with the dean of conservative radio hosts. After asking the vice president what he...
The Enigma in Chief
Did Bush's own innocence and incompetence drive his missteps? Or was he manipulated into his bad choices? As George W. Bush once noted, "you never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone." What I think he was trying...
The Lost Shepherd
Byline: Tony Dokoupil Ted Haggard's sex scandal cost him his church, and some of his faith. From his bedroom turned office in Colorado Springs, Ted Haggard prepares people for the afterlife. Not the roof-shaking "power encounters" with God that...
The Man Who Made Us Whole
Byline: Christopher Hitchens; Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair and a biographer of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. Lincoln, himself, was paradoxical--as is the way we see him now. To really know the 16th president, look past the ways in...
The Search for the Next Steve Jobs
Byline: Daniel Lyons Who will run Apple after its visionary CEO and product guru Steve Jobs leaves? The question has been hanging over the company since last summer when Jobs appeared onstage at a conference looking terribly ill. Jobs, 53, underwent...
The Train Wreck That Didn't Have to Be
Byline: Michael Isikoff How the U.S. government mishandled the case of a bombing suspect--and what lessons Team Obama can learn from it. There were small celebrations at the White House in the fall of 2002 when aides got word that Abd al-Rahim...
Time for the Full Norwegian
Byline: Howard Fineman A decade ago, Al Franken wrote a book called "Why Not Me?" He imagined himself winning the presidency, only to resign due to uncontrollable mood swings. As he was sketching out the book, I supplied him with the boring details...
Tony Blair's 'Massive Task'
Tony Blair was warned. When the British prime minister left office in June 2007, friends cautioned that plunging himself into Mideast peacemaking would be a thankless task. Blair's mandate as envoy from the Quartet--the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia--is...
'Uncle Bernie' and the Jews
Byline: Joseph Epstein; Epstein is the author, most recently, of "Fred Astaire" (Yale University Press). The Madoff scandal plays to an ugly stereotype. But maybe there's a silver lining for his cultural cohort. Bernie Madoff gave off fumes of...
'We Will Act Again'
Byline: Lally Weymouth Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says Israel is intent on teaching the Islamists of Hamas a lesson in Gaza. In spite of a U.N. ceasefire resolution passed late last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was talking tough...
What Makes Ahmadinejad Smile?
Byline: Fareed Zakaria The assault in Gaza has boosted Iran's hawks and hurt moderate Arabs who were tilting toward Israel. Explaining the size and scale of Israel's actions in Gaza, several prominent Israelis have argued that the real enemy...
Will Act for Food
Byline: Jeremy McCarter Homeowners, banks, Detroit--everyone wants a bailout. But President Obama will need to invest serious money, and time, boosting the arts, too. Since election day, pundits have exhausted themselves trying to locate every...