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 November 21

A Faith-Based Initiative; What the Democrats Can Learn from Kaine's Virginia Victory
Byline: Howard Fineman The morning after Democrat Tim Kaine won the governorship of Virginia, his first order of business was to attend mass in Richmond, where he said prayers for his father-in-law, who is ill with bladder cancer. It was an apt...
Cheney's Cheney under Indictment
Readers of our Nov. 7 cover story found troubling the charges brought against Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. One said, "Is the American public expected to believe that an elaborate manipulation of the truth was solely under...
Europe Needs a New Identity; Theory and Practice Diverge Sharply. Europeans Claim to Have Given Up Their Old National Identities, but Have They Really?
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) One week is a lifetime in the world of journalism these days. We've now been through two cycles of commentary on the French riots. The first saw the troubles as part of the...
Europe's Time Bomb; the French Riots Should Be a Wake-Up Call: What Is 'Normal' Is No Longer Sustainable
Byline: Christopher Dickey (With STRYKER MCGUIRE in London; ERIC PAPE in Clichy-Sous-Bois, France; TRACY MCNICOLL in Paris; STEFAN THEIL in Berlin; BARBIE NADEAU in Rome; JACOPO BARIGAZZI in Milan, and MIKE ELKIN and JENNY BARCHFIELD in Madrid) ...
Forbidden Territory; in Ang Lee's Devastating Film 'Brokeback Mountain,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger Buck Hollywood Convention
Byline: Sean Smith Two weeks ago, Ang Lee showed his new film to an audience in Los Angeles, and afterward he stuck around to answer questions from the crowd. Director Q&As are pretty common in the movie industry, and Lee--who won an Oscar for...
Go the Extra Mile; with SUV Sales Tanking, Detroit Has Discovered That Mileage Matters. Now the Race Is on to Jack Up Fuel Economy, and Everyday Cars, Not Hybrids, Offer the Biggest Solutions
Byline: Keith Naughton (Graphics by Josh Ulick, Graham Roberts and Stanford Kay) Inside Ford Motor Co.'s cavernous wind tunnel, a thin stream of smoke glides gracefully over the new Lincoln Zephyr. But what catches the eye of aerodynamic engineer...
Here's One More Thing to Hate: Splogs
Byline: Steven Levy Some of you may notice that the online version of NEWSWEEK alerts readers to blogs that discuss its articles. Not surprisingly, this is a service that authors of such stories cannot resist. But lately I've seen that my columns...
Hollywood: Praise the Movie!
Byline: Elise Soukup A movie director, a studio executive and a preacher walk into a church. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it's the beginning of a new trend in Hollywood marketing. Inspired by the surprise box-office success of "The...
How to Beat the Big Energy Chill; This Winter's Soaring Heating Bills Will Be a Painful Reminder That We're Living in an Age of Expensive Energy. but There's an Upside: The Business Case for Renewable Sources of Energy Is Warming Up Quickly
Byline: Brad Stone (With Joan Raymond in Cleveland) Gina and Ron Martin's home in Mentor, Ohio, is just plain big. It has six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a cavernous basement, a spacious patio and a pool in the backyard. But the last thing...
Intel Probe: Uncollegial Committee
Byline: Mark Hosenball The collegial traditions of the Senate Intelligence Committee are being tested by the inquiry into the Bush administration's handling of prewar intel. Last year, in a bipartisan report, the committee found that while prewar...
Into Dangerous Waters; Does the Bush Team Have a Coherent Policy for Asia?
Byline: Richard Wolffe and Christian Caryl (With John Barry in Washington) Once again, it seems to be test-the-boundaries time in East Asia. A Japanese Coast Guard plane discovered a Chinese satellite-tracking vessel 12 miles off Okinawa on Friday...
Middle Schoolers: Tragic Results from a Deadly Game
Byline: Dirk Johnson with Hilary Shenfeld A gifted student and a soccer star, Colin Russell, 13, finished his homework, played with his dog and delved into a novel one afternoon this September. After dinner that evening, the Tacoma, Wash., eighth...
Mort's Library Speaks Volumes about Him; Crippled by Dementia, My Father-in-Law Was Hard to Read-Until I Stumbled upon His Book Collection
Byline: Alexis Deutsch-Adler (Deutsch-Adler lives in Malibu, Calif.) Sitting on the cold garage floor, the boxes looked ordinary, dusty and unimportant. Last year my husband returned from Ohio, where he and his sister had cleared out the house of...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Marc Peyser Q&A: KEIRA KNIGHTLEY Keira Knightley tackles Elizabeth Bennet in a new remake of "Pride and Prejudice." She spoke to NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. Were you worried about taking on such a famous character? Terrified....
Perspectives
***** CORRECTION: In attributing a Nov. 21 Perspectives quote, we said that what may be the largest meteorite ever discovered was found in Arkansas. In fact, it was Kansas. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Quotation sources from top...
Profiling: How the FBI Tracks Eco-Terror Suspects
Byline: Michael Isikoff The FBI collected detailed data on political activities and Web postings of suspected members of a tiny environmentalist commune in southern California two years ago as part of a high-profile counterterrorism probe, bureau...
Talking to Teenagers About. Sex. What Else? Hello? A New Program for Parents
Byline: Vanessa Juarez Alayne--we'll leave her last name out of this--is the 40-year-old mother of a middle-schooler in Richmond, Mich., and her daughter, Carol, has come to her with a problem. "My best friend's boyfriend tells her she's ugly and...
Ten Eco-Friendly Companies; Alternative-Energy Projects Used to Be the Stuff of High-School Science Fairs. but Pricey Oil Has Changed the Game, and the Stories of These Firms Show That New Technologies Are Winning over Investors and Customers, and Saving the Environment
***** CORRECTION: In "Ten Eco-Friendly Companies" (Next Frontiers, Nov. 21), a reference was made to the disposal of palm-oil waste by Aarhus of Port Newark, N.J. In fact, the company, AarhusKarlshamn USA, Inc., does not refine or sell the palm...
Terror for Export; Iraq Is the Base for a New Generation of Jihadists, Well Trained in Urban Warfare, Who Have Begun to Take the Battle Abroad
Byline: Rod Nordland (With Mark Hosenball in Washington, Scott Johnson in Baghdad, Christopher Dickey in Paris, Sami Yousafzai in Pakistan and Michael Hastings in New York) In Washington, D.C., last week, intelligence officials at a brainstorming...
The Debate over Torture; Right after 9/11, Cheney Said, 'We Have to Work.The Dark Side If You Will. '
Byline: Evan Thomas and Michael Hirsh (With Richard Wolffe, Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, John Barry, Stuart Taylor Jr. and Steve Tuttle in Washington and Dan Ephron in Jerusalem Graphic by Andrew Romano) Interrogators have pondered...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker John McCain learned a lot of things in his career in the Navy. One was a winning way with folks of all backgrounds that I saw on display when I spent some time with the senator at a recent convention of magazine publishers...
The Pitter Potter of Magical Feats
Byline: David Ansen Sexual attraction has entered the Harry Potter universe. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is now 14, and he's one of four contestants competing in the dangerous Tri-Wizard Tournament. The first event requires him to capture a golden...
Three Samples of Sam Alito; A School's Speech Code Banning Negative Comments about Clothing or Social Skills Was, He Said, 'Brave, Futile or Merely Silly.'
Byline: George F. Will While gambling at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, Ayhan Hakimoglu chose to accept from the casino many free drinks. That, he said, was why he lost "substantial" sums and why he sued the casino, charging that it...
Torture's Terrible Toll; Abusive Interrogation Tactics Produce Bad Intel, and Undermine the Values We Hold Dear. Why We Must, as a Nation, Do Better
Byline: Sen. John McCain (McCain is the senior U.S. senator from Arizona.) The debate over the treatment of enemy prisoners, like so much of the increasingly overcharged partisan debate over the war in Iraq and the global war against terrorists,...
Travel: No Sea, Plenty of Sand
Byline: Paul Tolme To escape New England's cold and cloudy autumn weather, Dale and Bill Marcy of Chelmsford, Mass., packed up their cowboy boots and headed for the desert. "It's absolutely beautiful here," says Dale, pausing between horseback-riding...