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. 04, January 26

43, for a Final Time
Byline: George F. Will He takes his leave neither angry nor forlorn but rather with the serenity of someone sustained by a providential sense of history. As the nation arrives, for the first time since 1825, at the end of consecutive eight-year...
A Fence Can't Stop the Future
America can either flourish or fade in the new global economy. It all depends on what we do about the fastest-growing segment of the country's population. America has long been the envy of the rest of the world, and for good reason. Over the past...
All the Presidents' Justices
Barack Obama will take the oath of office this week on the same Bible used to swear in Abraham Lincoln in 1861. Lincoln was sworn in by the then Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. This means that when Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath...
A Team of Expatriates
Byline: Jeffrey Bartholet and Daniel Stone; With Richard Wolffe and Dina Fine Maron in Washington Many of Obama's top advisers, like an increasing number of Americans, have learned and lived abroad. II. The fact that Valerie Jarrett spent her...
Boomers versus the Rest
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Obama says he doesn't want to mortgage our children's future. If he means it, he'll have to cut retirees' Social Security and Medicare benefits. Who wins? Probably no political platitude is more invoked or more ignored...
Campfire Questions
Like any major organization catering to kids, the Boy Scouts of America need to attract young Latinos in order to survive. By Arian Campo-Flores and Sarah Kliff IV. A few years ago, Charles Boddy and Randy Larson met with a group of Hispanic...
Faith beyond His Father's
Byline: Tony Dokoupil and Lisa Miller Doug Paul grew up in the midst of the Reagan Revolution. Now he's on the other side of a yawning evangelical generation gap. V.Doug Paul was born in July 1981 in Richmond, Va.--demographics that make his...
Hoping That Left Is Right
Byline: Jonathan Darman Gavin Newsom, a vocal supporter of gay marriage, is betting his future on the fact that social attitudes are growing more liberal. I. Gavin Newsom is the sort of politician who leaves an impression. There's his prodigious...
How the GOP Can Rise Again
Byline: David Frum; Frum is editor of NewMajority.com and author of "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again." There's no need to abandon basic Republican principles. Instead, just cool the scorched-earth rhetoric and focus on reclaiming the educated...
Ivy League Aspirations
Getting fifth graders to think about college seems a little goofy. But it's key to the prospects of the next generation. One hot summer day in 2001, Susan Schaeffler, a 30-year-old D.C. teacher, was in the basement of an Anacostia church, getting...
John Lewis, Karl Rove, Franklin Graham, Ann Stock, Ari Fleischer, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Jody Powell, Inaugural Memories
John Lewis, RFK Jr., Karl Rove and others remember past inaugurations. John Lewis The congressman from Georgia on the memory of Dr. King. The most memorable inauguration I went to was in 1993. Being a member of Congress, I had an opportunity...
Mail Call: What Needs to Be Done in Gaza
In response to our cover story on the prospects for Mideast peace and the war in Gaza, most readers defended "Israel's right to self-defense." But others decried the seemingly disproportionate response, leading to "the loss of innocent Palestinian...
My Elbow Is Killing Me!
Byline: David Noonan I once ignored the moans and groans of people in pain; now people ignore my own moans and groans. Like most medical writers, I've been drawn over the years to the intense stuff--brain surgery, emergency medicine, open-heart...
No White House Food Fight
Byline: Holly Bailey When Barack Obama was elected, foodies rejoiced. Finally, they thought, a president who enjoys the pleasures of fine dining and the virtues of healthy eating! A leader who feels our pain about the skyrocketing price of arugula!...
Obama's Path to Putting Points on the Board
Byline: Jonathan Alter Nearly every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has loathed the idea of the "hundred days," and Barack Obama is no exception. The concept, first used to encapsulate the time elapsed between Napoleon's return from exile...
Our New Tribes
Byline: Howard Fineman They call themselves a "nation" and gather in the fall or early winter, usually on Sundays. The faithful wear clothing emblazoned with the names of heroes; they pray by twirling a sacred talisman, a gold-and-black terry-cloth...
'Painting Is about Love,' He Insisted
Andrew Wyeth, 91, artist Wyeth, born in Chadds Ford, Pa., where he died last week, was probably the most famous modern American artist who wasn't remotely modern. He painted a rapidly disappearing America: woods, fields, sturdy country folk. Most...
Perspectives
Byline: Sources: AP, Breitbart, New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post (2), New York Times (2), AP, ABC, BBC, New York Times "I know as much or more than Cheney. I'm the most experienced vice president since anybody." --Vice President-elect Joe...
Pressure to Investigate
Byline: Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball Tension is building behind the scenes among Barack Obama's advisers over whether the new administration should investigate allegations of torture and other Bush administration misdeeds. Obama has saidahe...
Say Goodbye to Oversight?
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff With Democrats in control on Capitol Hill, the incoming Obama team shouldn't have to worry much about hostile probes.aLast week's confirmation hearings for top Obama nominees were largely congenial (though...
Settling for Second Best
Byline: Tina Elmore; Elmore lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. I cook. I carpool. I volunteer. I do everything for my daughter. So, of course, her role model is -- her dad? On my way to volunteering for PTA duty at my 13-year-old daughter's middle...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham In November 1940, after Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term, an embattled Winston Churchill, still holding out alone against Hitler's Germany, cabled the White House. A phrase from that distant communication...
The End of Upward Mobility?
American society is based on the idea that 'anyone' can reach the top. But the gap between rich and poor is growing, and the ladder seems to be disappearing. Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency won't end racism, but it does mean race is no...
The Lone Star State Stays Red
Byline: Evan Smith; Smith is the editor in chief of Texas Monthly. Don't get carried away by the demographics: Texas isn't flipping blue. Even the sunniest Texas Democrats would tell you that 2008 was a rebuilding year. They didn't manage to...
The Quest for a Spiritual Home
Byline: Eleanor Clift A surprising number of Americans are switching religions. Like most of his congregants at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown, Father Albert wasn't born an Episcopalian. In fact, he first walked...
The Refugees Who Saved Lewiston
Byline: Jesse Ellison A dying Maine mill town gets a fresh burst of energy. Barely a decade ago, Lewiston, Maine, was dying. The once bustling mill town's population had been shrinking since the 1970s; most jobs had vanished long before, and...
The Sins of the Fathers, Take 2
Byline: Sharon Begley At tributes to Darwin, Lamarckism--inheritance of acquired traits--will be the skunk at the party. Alas, poor Darwin. By all rights, 2009 should be his year, as books, museums and scholarly conclaves celebrate his 200th...
The Suburban Challenge
Washington needs to recognize that many of the country's biggest problems--and biggest opportunities--have moved beyond the city limits to the burbs. The suburb is one of America's most treasured stereotypes. Writers can argue whether suburbs are...
Welcome to Elsewhere
Byline: Dalton Conley; Conley, author of "Elsewhere, U.S.A.," is the chair of New York University's sociology department. For a new breed of professional,life is a blend of work and leisure, where you're never in the right place. III. As I write...
Who We Are Now
Byline: Jon Meacham; With Pat Wingert, Marc Bain and Daniel Stone We have a new president. But he, too, has a new nation to lead, one that's changing almost beyond recognition. The message seemed mixed. It was 3 o'clock on the afternoon of Sunday,...
Won't Anyone Give Bush a Job?
Byline: Daniel Gross Book publishers and speaking agents express little interest in what Bush has to say--and not just for political reasons. For many of President Bush's critics, the fact that he is now seeking work in the worst job market in...