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. 151, No. 18, May 5

An Algorithm for Mr. Right
Byline: Lisa Miller The site 'has never been limited to a Christian audience or to any subset,' says a company lawyer. Let's say you want to get married and you're thinking of joining an Internet dating site. Wouldn't you want that site to be...
An Oil Oasis
Byline: Sameer Reddy Saudi Arabia challenges our ideas about the Gulf world. On landing at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, it's instantly clear to an outsider that Saudi Arabia is unlike any other place on earth--though not necessarily...
Art Aimed to Shock
Byline: Jennie Yabroff Yale's abortion artist is the latest to try--and fail-- to start a conversation. A German artist wants to install a terminally ill patient in a gallery as an exhibit. In Nicaragua last year, an artist displayed a starving...
A Tense Impasse in Yemen
Byline: Michael Isikoff During a Mideast trip earlier this month, FBI Director Robert Mueller made an unpublicized detour to Yemen in order to press an issue of serious concern to Washington: why has the Yemeni government refused to turn over an...
Brownsville's Bad Lie
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores And Andrew Murr The fence is coming, and it's causing Texas-size problems for the folks of one city in particular. CLOSE CALL: The proposed path of the border is about 20 feet from the Lambert home For five generations,...
Cold Facts from a Tiny Nation
Byline: Daniel Gross Iceland has only 300,000 people. It's isolated and quirky. This helps explain its micro-economy. Iceland has only 300,000 people. But unlike many other islands with Lilliputian populations, it's not a colony. Instead, it's...
Everything Old Is New Again
Byline: Lisa Miller An Anglican theologian explains that the resurrection really happened--and that the Kingdom is really coming. It should come as no surprise that N. T. Wright believes that the resurrection really happened. As the Anglican...
Getting Away with Torture
Byline: Dahlia Lithwick Legal maneuvering has shielded those responsible for conditions at Guantanamo Bay. Our "terror trials" aren't working. The prosecutions of a fistful of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay--just getting underway after more than...
Heat Your Vegetables
Byline: Sharon Begley Crops in the tropics will do worse, since extra heat where it's already hot hurts more than it helps. Whenever global warming began looking too bleak--with such threats as dengue fever spreading like kudzu out of the tropics,...
Hey, I Know Where U R
Byline: Steven Levy Loopt lets you use a cell phone to share locations. Moms and dads, if you want your kids to get a degree, think twice about Stanford. If, like Sam Altman, your matriculating computer-science major gets an idea for a new company--in...
Hitler Killed My Father
Byline: Shirley Paryzer Levy; Paryzer Levy Lives In Queens, N.Y. He wouldn't talk about the years he spent in Nazi concentration camps. But they never left him. I am approaching another anniversary of my father's death. It will be more than a...
In the Rezko Trial, A New Name Surfaces: Karl Rove
Byline: Michael Isikoff The trial of Chicago developer and political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko has been closely watched for any mention of the defendant's onetime friend, Barack Obama. But last week, prosecutors threw a curveball, telling the judge...
Liberate Us from the Liberators
Byline: Scott Johnson And John Barry Southern Africa is paralyzed by a hoary old drama--how to persuade an independence leader to go. Gangs loyal to Robert Mugabe have covertly rampaged across Zimbabwe's countryside for weeks. They wield axes...
McCain vs. McCain
Byline: Fareed Zakaria He seems to think he can magically unite the two main strands in the foreign-policy establishment. He can't. Amid the din of the dueling democrats, people seem to have forgotten about that other guy in the presidential...
New Hero of the High C's
Byline: David Gates Peruvian-born tenor Juan Diego Florez, 35, sang "La Fille du Regiment" at the Metropolitan Opera last week, and was cheered wildly after the showpiece aria "Ah! Mes Amis," with its nine high C's. He then sang an encore, hitherto...
North Korea on the Spot
Byline: Mark Hosenball Newly declassified spy photos suggesting North Korean involvement in the construction of a Syrian nuclear reactor, which was heavily damaged in an Israeli bombing raid last year, have raised fresh questions about the facility's...
Now It's the $6 Loaf of Bread
As prices soar, food has replaced oil as the big threat to the long-running global economic expansion. In the afternoons, Ringo Purganan, a 20-year-old who is training to be a cook, pedals his bicycle home through the densely populated barrio of...
Only in America
Byline: Evan Thomas, Holly Bailey And Richard Wolffe; With Suzanne Smalley, Sarah Kliff And Daniel Stone Barack Obama is a Niebuhr-reading ESPN watcher. The origins of his troubles with the 'other' tag. There was a time, not so long ago, when...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources: New York Times, Reuters (2), PBS, CBS, New York Times, CBS, AP, CNN, AP "Never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in the terrible and disgraceful way it was handled." Republican presidential hopeful John...
Questions for Obama
Byline: George F. Will ***** Correction: In "Questions For Obama" (The Last Word, May 5), George Will said Obama favors eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax. The tax (currently limited to the first...
Rock-and-Roll Fantasy
Byline: Keith Naughton; With Patrick Crowley Harmonix, creator of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, is changing videogames. It's a warm Tuesday night at the Olde Fort Pub in Ft. Thomas, Ky., just across the river from Cincinnati, and the regulars are...
Sexiest Juggler Alive!
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Dr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, stars in the romantic comedy "Made of Honor," which is like "My Best Friend's Wedding," with Dempsey in the Julia Roberts role. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. Hi, Patrick. How are you doing?...
Smart Giving
Byline: Linda Stern Writing checks isn't enough. The new style of philanthropy is hands-on and disciplined. Philanthropy is changing. Inspired by hands-on donors like Bill and Melinda Gates, buried under all the solicitations and unwilling to...
Stay True to Your Brand
Byline: Richard M. Smith Ad guru Rance Crain says the rules are eternal. Crain Communications isn't the highest-profile media company, but each week its publications--including such titles as Advertising Age, Crain's New York Business and Automotive...
The Age of Grand Dilution
Byline: Daniel Gross Given that National City had to raise capital quickly, selling stock at a huge discount was 'the least unattractive' alternative. Watching CNBC can be a little like watching the movie "Groundhog Day." and no, it's not because...
The Doctor Will See You Now
Byline: Kathleen Deveny; With Anna Kuchment, Karen Springen and Joan Raymond 'We're much more likely to talk about our husbands' sexual inadequacies than our kids' sexual development.' Maybe every generation of parents feels this way, but it...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Political campaigns are fascinating for the same reasons great novels are: both feature characters driven and buffeted by ambition, love and pride. And as in literature, scope is important in politics, for the higher the stakes,...
The Natural No More
Byline: Jonathan Darman; With Suzanne Smalley The greatest mystery in a mystifying campaign: what happened to Bill? History may record primary day in Pennsylvania as the day Bill Clinton officially became the most tragic figure of the 2008 campaign....
The Road Ahead for Cars
Byline: Bob Lutz; Lutz is vice chairman of global product development at General Motors. A General Motors leader says small and electric are the wave of the future. But don't expect the U.S. fleet to resemble Europe's until gas passes $10 a gallon....
The Women the President Loved
Byline: Julia Baird New suggestions that FDR's affair with doting Lucy Mercer never ended. In 1931, when Franklin Roosevelt was considering whether he should, and could, run for the presidency, he called in three physicians to advise on his physical...
This Is Your Brain on A Videogame
Byline: Sharon Begley If proponents of video and computer games are right, the generation that grew up honing its hand-eye coordination by shooting aliens in Halo should be starting to nail real-life aircraft-carrier landings right about -- now....
Tip Sheet Mother's Day
Your mom might say she just wants a card or a phone call. But you know better. The problem this year--and, frankly, every year since you were born--is finding something she'll actually like. That's where TIP SHEET comes in. Not only have we gathered...
Toward A New New Orleans
Byline: Malcolm Jones And Cathleen McGuigan; With Allison Samuels Has this vibrant culture come back from Katrina? Signs point to Yes--but. Drive through St. Roch, a tough New Orleans neighborhood northeast of the French Quarter, and you'll travel...
Was It Ever Going to Be Easy?
Race, class, elitism, experience. There are many narratives running throughout this Democratic primary season. A NEWSWEEK forum. Karl Rove Dear Senator Obama -- Four months ago, you took the political world by storm in Iowa. The media were...
You Need to Fall to Rise
Byline: Kevin Cronin My son's handling of his addiction was an inspiration. On May 14, 1977, at the age of 25, I became a father. Although REO Speedwagon was having some success, the truth is I was still counting my change to pay the rent. But...