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. 152, No. 11, September 15

An Apostle of Alaska
We know the outlines--the moose-hunting mom who juggles BlackBerrys and kids. But what does she believe? The real Sarah Palin. John McCain was not her dream pick. Only a year ago, when the republican primaries were just beginning, Alaska Gov. Sarah...
A No-Paper Newspaper
Byline: Daniel Mcginn After years of hype, 'e-newspapers' are getting closer to reality. Can they save a shrinking industry? When scientists inside the MIT Media Lab began toying with "electronic paper" more than a decade ago, much of their enthusiasm...
A Religious-Right Revival
Byline: Lisa Miller The senior pastor of Palin's former church preaches hellfire for anyone who isn't saved by Jesus. Since 2004, the story goes, evangelicals have softened. Sure, they still care about abortion and gay marriage. But a new, outspoken...
Beware the Barracuda
Byline: Howard Fineman The plan for Sarah Palin--rock-star Republican--was to do a series of swing-state events with John McCain, record the campaign's regular weekend radio address and then go home. "We kind of shanghaied her out of Alaska," Steve...
Can You Say 'Sexist'?
Byline: Anna Quindlen If you're a Republican, you'd better learn. The right wing that trashed the women's movement suddenly finds its inner feminist. Hypocrisy is only bad when it is improperly used. --George Bernard Shaw I never thought...
College Needn't Bankrupt You
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn; Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld One strategy is to look for 'merit aid,' tuition discounts awarded without regard to financial need. For all the scare stories this spring about how hard it was going to be for students...
Confessions of A Secret Sarah Admirer
Byline: Kathleen Deveny Maybe I'm a sucker for a frontier myth, the narrative of a person who rises up in a frozen, faraway place by making her own rules. I have a dirty little secret. I really like Sarah Palin. It's kind of embarrassing,...
Ellen's Big Gay Wedding
What did you do on your summer vacation? Ellen DeGeneres got married to girlfriend Portia de Rossi in California. Her talk show returns this week, but first she spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about all things Ellen. You're one minute early. I'm sorry....
For the Taliban, A Crime That Pays
Byline: Sami Yousafzai And Ron Moreau; With Eric Pape In Paris And Barbie Nadeau In Rome How ransom kidnappings, once a rarity in most of Afghanistan, have become a cash source second only to the narcotics trade for the country's insurgents There...
Getting an Early Start
Byline: Daniel Stone Eco-education doesn't have to be expensive. Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Fla., seems more like a green-themed educational resort than a captivating old schoolhouse. The brand-new $30 million facility, built...
Getting Real about Health Care
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Unless you've been living in the Himalayas, you know that huge numbers of Americans--46 million last year, or almost one in seven of us--lack health insurance. By impressive majorities, Americans regard this as a moral...
Heaven Help Them Decide
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores And Jim Moscou Going back to Ronald Reagan, the Rev. Wilfredo De Jesos--the senior pastor of a 4,500-member Hispanic evangelical church in Chicago--has pulled the lever for Republicans in presidential elections. "I always...
How to Blow Less Smoke
Byline: Fareed Zakaria The founder of the world's first carbon-offsets exchange would like to clear the air. Barack Obama and John McCain agree on one thing: the need to cut carbon emissions. With both candidates backing that idea, smoke-spewing...
It's Not Just White Girls
Byline: Jessica Bennett Anorexics can be male, old, Latino, black or pregnant. A new book undercuts old stereotypes. For years, the name would haunt Rodolfo Ruiz. "Gordolfo Gelatino!" his cousins would chant, cackling at the gelatinous roll of...
Kayaking in Slow Motion
Byline: Paul Tolme Calm-water kayak tours are like a nature hike on water, offering the chance to see wildlife and view landscapes unreachable on foot. Void of running rapids or raging surf, calm-water tours are ideal for first-timers. Here are...
Not Yet on the Medal Stand
Byline: Manuela Zoninsein There are some 83 million disabled people in China, but the country has never been particularly hospitable to them. Why bother building subway ramps and bus lifts, the attitude has long been, for people who aren't expected...
One Bad Apple
Byline: Daniel Lyons Apple is looking like what Microsoft was 10 years ago--a Bigfoot that squeezes smaller competitors. A former lieutenant of Steve Jobs's once told me something surprising about his ex-boss. "Steve is a monopolist at heart,"...
Perspectives
"The most qualified? No! I think they went for this, excuse me, political bull---t about narratives." Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, caught on air during a commercial break blasting the Sarah Palin veep pick on MSNBC "I guess a small-town...
Pump Yourself Up in the Privacy of Home
Byline: Karen Springen Barbara Bushman rolls out of bed as early as 4 a.m. to head to her gym--even though it's just downstairs. "I don't really care what I wear or what I look like," she says about working out at home. "It's the dogs and me." She...
Russia's Nervous Neighbors
Byline: John Barry Since Russia's rout of the Georgian armed forces in August, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has suggested that Washington secretly provoked the conflict. But the Americans wanted no such thing, according to Lt. Col. Robert Hamilton,...
The Bad News about Green Architecture
Byline: Cathleen Mcguigan; With Daniel Stone Sustainable buildings are virtuous, but they can be ugly. Only a few designs are truly great. I hate green architecture. I can't stand the hype, the marketing claims, the smug lists of green features...
The Cloud's Chrome Lining
Byline: Brian Braiker With the formal beta launch of Chrome, Google is trying to redraw the browser-war battlelines. But with Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominating 72 percent of the market share, why take them on--especially considering IE's...
The Coens' Funny Bones
Byline: David Ansen 'Burn After Reading' is no 'No Country.' In fact, it's downright giddy. Chilly, heartless, condescending: all the usual adjectives that the Coen brothers' detractors habitually fling can be flung in spades at "Burn After Reading."...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham All of us have a cancer story-- that moment, so sharp in recollection, when we learned that we, or someone we love, had been diagnosed with the disease. We can remember the sterility of the hospital corridor, the ensuing terror...
The Power of 'I Am Sorry'
Byline: Janice Wilberg; Wilberg Lives In Milwaukee. After years of silence between my parents and me, my father reached out with a few simple words. When I was growing up, my family had its own way of dealing with disagreements. We stopped speaking....
The Wives, Center Stage
Though few people saw it because of Hurricane Gustav, the Republican convention in St. Paul began with podium appearances by the current First Lady and, if the GOP gets its way, the next First Lady. NEWSWEEK's Jon Meacham sat down with Laura Bush and...
They Would Kill for an Emmy
Byline: Joshua Alston And Marc Peyser Well, one of them would. The others sell ads, paper--or drugs. We should watch the company we keep. When we made the guest list for this year's Emmy roundtable, we knew it wouldn't be too hard to break the...
Waving Goodbye to the Bus
Byline: Caitlin Mcdevitt As fuel prices rise, some districts are updating an old method of getting children to school. Until last spring, Nia Parker and the other kids in her neighborhood who attend West Boulevard Elementary in Columbia, Mo.,...
We Fought Cancer-And Cancer Won
Byline: Sharon Begley; With Anne Underwood And Jeneen Interlandi In New York And Mary Carmichael In Boston After billions spent on research and decades of hit-or-miss treatments, it's time to rethink the war on cancer. There is a blueprint for...
What Happened to Family Values?
Palin's pro-life extremism is as ethically flawed as it is politically damaging to the GOP. In the 1980s, the rising conservative movement tried to frame the pro-life cause as part of a broader family-values agenda that included reducing rates of...
What the Next President Can Do
Byline: Jonathan Alter If a war were killing 565,000 Americans a year, you'd hear more than one or two references to it at the party conventions. I'm a four-year cancer survivor, and when people inquire how I'm feeling nowadays I say "good" and...