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 February 7

A New Range War; A Change in the Law, and Wild Horses Face Slaughter
Byline: Andrew Murr Corraled in a federal holding pen at Palomino Valley, Nev., a buckskin mare with the number 9598 cold-branded in code on its neck suddenly faces an uncertain future. When the 12-year-old was rounded up in November as part of...
A New Way on CEO Pay; the Execs on Trial Got Big Bucks to Act like Owners, but Krispy Kreme's New Boss Is Paid by the Hour. Hmmm
Byline: Allan Sloan When it comes to paying someone to run your company, it's dollars to doughnuts that Krispy Kreme's new chief executive, Stephen Cooper, is a sweet deal for shareholders. Instead of gobbling all the stock options he can get, like...
A Step Forward in the Voting Wars; Why Has It Taken So Long to Move toward Uniform Standards for Electronic Polling Machines?
Byline: Steven Levy The polling places in Iraq are front-and-center this week, but the jagged scars of our own election are still far from healed. Part of the problem is that, no matter what the count, many people do not trust results from electronic...
Bush's Hard Sell; He Should Be Playing Offense at the State of the Union. Instead, Bush Faces Fire from His Troops on Social Security
Byline: Richard Wolffe, Tamara Lipper and Holly Bailey Just five days before delivering the first State of the Union of his new term, President Bush dispatched his senior aides to ask his party for some unusual advice about the landmark address:...
Career Intervention: Robert De Niro; One of the Most Influential Actors in History Seems to Be Just Following the Money Now. Yes, We're Talkin' to You
Byline: Sean Smith The crisis : "Meet the Fockers" was the hit of the holiday season and has now grossed $250 million, but it only highlights the fact that Robert De Niro, two-time Oscar winner and star of culture-defining movies such as "Taxi Driver"...
Competition's Quiet Victory; Tough Business Battles Overshadow Reagan's Tax Cuts, Clinton's Budget Policies or New Tech in Explaining the Prosperity of the 1990s
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson What do AT&T, the civil aeronautics Board, steelworkers and Kmart have in common? Answer: all are victims of competition. Over the past four decades, the American economy has become vastly more competitive. Paradoxically,...
Crossing Over: Bush's Other Battle; He Hopes His Guest-Worker Plan Will Fill Jobs and Build the Party. but Is the GOP Onboard?
Byline: Holly Bailey and Daren Briscoe Rep. Tom Tancredo was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on his way to the Capitol one Friday morning in April 2002 when his cell phone rang. Though the caller ID read unidentified, Tancredo had no trouble recognizing...
Doubting Darwin; How Did Life, in Its Infinite Complexity, Come to Be? A Controversial New Theory Called 'Intelligent Design' Asserts a Supernatural Agent Was at Work
Byline: Jerry Adler (With T. Trent Gegax in Dover, Pa., Joan Raymond in Ohio, Jill Sieder in Atlanta, Jamie Reno in Santee, Calif., and Catharine Skipp in Miami) When Joshua Rowand, an 11th grader in Dover, pa., looks out from his high school, he...
Downer of a System; Refighting the Battle of Filmmakers vs. Hollywood
***** CORRECTION: In "Downer Of A System" (Feb. 7) we incorrectly stated that Orson Welles acted in "Wuthering Heights." He did not. ***** Byline: David Gates It's gratifyingly romantic to see the history of Hollywood as a saga of visionary...
Elections Are Not Democracy; the United States Has Essentially Stopped Trying to Build a Democratic Order in Iraq, and Is Simply Trying to Gain Stability and Legitimacy
Byline: Fareed Zakaria By the time you read this, you will know how the elections in Iraq have gone. No matter what the violence, the elections are an important step forward, for Iraq and for the Middle East. But it is also true, alas, that no matter...
Fine Tuning a New Act; for 25 Years, BET Has Faced No Rivals Catering to African-Americans. Now There Are New Players in the Field, and BET's Parent Is Pushing for an Upgrade
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts TV has stretched the "makeover" genre of shows from humans to houses to entire towns. Now the Black Entertainment Television network is going a step further: making over itself. In January it unveiled a new tagline, "It's...
Hip-Hop Grows Up; Marc Ecko Branches out with Clothes for Skater Punks with Day Jobs
Byline: Allison Samuels Fashion designer Marc Ecko had always been baffled by his passion for fashion. As a child growing up in Lakewood, N.J., he devoured comic books and videogames. So he was certain his future would include electronics and science--not...
House Calls; Goodbye to Long Waits, Inattentive Physicians and All That. Special Treatment Can Be Yours-At a Price
Byline: Peg Tyre Two years ago, Fred Perenic decided the doctors in his health plan weren't worth a dime. "It was hard to get an appointment, and I never saw the same guy twice," says Perenic, 53, the president of a Detroit manufacturing company....
Johnny Carson, 1925-2005
Byline: David Gates Do you remember the sheepish look he used to get when he'd told a joke that didn't fly? The way he couldn't keep a straight face when he put on the stupid turban to do the stupid Carnac the Magnificent routine? The affectionate-ironic...
Mail-Order Misery; Charging Abuse, Imported Brides Are Fighting Back
Byline: Daren Briscoe Nataliya Derkach just wanted a husband. In 1998, she was a 26-year-old college student in Kiev, divorced and disenchanted with the Ukrainian dating scene. Then she met Natasha Spivack, a Russian-American who runs Encounters...
Manhattan Project; Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Legendary for Wrapping the Reichstag in Silver Cloth, Are about to Raise the Curtain on a New Spectacle in Central Park
Byline: Peter Plagens On the morning of Feb. 12, when New Yorkers start walking, jogging and bicycling into Central Park, they'll be greeted by a remarkable sight. Some 7, 500 bright saffron "gates"--each 16 feet high with a curtain of orange fabric...
Newsmakers
Byline: David Ansen; Devin Gordon Q&A: JAMES CAMERON In 1997, he was the king of the world. Then he literally went off the deep end. "Titanic" director James Cameron's second ocean-life documentary, "Aliens of the Deep," is in IMAX theaters...
No Principle, Just Interest; the Bush Administration Is in Luck; It Has Embraced Magical Thinking about Spending Just as Many Citizens Have Done the Same
Byline: Anna Quindlen You didn't need to be a political consultant to predict the likely linchpins of the president's State of the Union address. Safeguarding Social Security, the entitlement program whose cost accounts for a fifth of the entire...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: New York Times, Newsday, Associated Press, New York Times, New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, New York Daily News, Reuters, Associated Press, New York Daily News "I want to touch the victory....
Strains with America; A Key Ally and the World's Top Nuclear Inspector Speak out about War, Diplomacy and the Role of a Superpower
Byline: Lally Weymouth The United States is not well liked around the world these days, mainly because it is seen as a bully that doesn't listen to its friends. Administration officials say that's the price of strong leadership. But they also hope...
Struggling to Pay the Mortgage on My Mind; Saddled with Loans and Tied to My Lender for 30 Years, I'm an Indentured Servant at 7. 4 Percent
Byline: Anna Marrian (Marrian lives in New York City.) They fly out of my mailbox every winter like a swarm of locusts. Computer-generated loan-consolidation mailers promising relief from the student-loan blues. A recent flier delivered to my rent-stabilized...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Baghdad was in lockdown. As Sunday's Iraqi elections approached, private traffic had been banned, and police were looking out for everything from apparently pregnant women wearing suicide-bomb vests to wheelchairs filled with...
The End of 'Pay to Praise'; There's a Paradox at the Heart of the Media Revolution. the Most Trusted News (by Those Who Consume It) Is Often the Most Biased
Byline: Jonathan Alter Abe Rosenthal, the legendary former editor of the New York Times, once said that if you screw the elephants, you can't cover the circus. Rosenthal wasn't just talking about reporters having sex with their sources (and he wasn't...
Unmasking the Insurgents; Shadow War: The Elections Won't Stop the Bombers, but Quality Intel-And Luck-Might Help
Byline: Rod Nordland, Tom Masland and Christopher Dickey (With Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad and Mark Hosenball in Washington) He wasn't supposed to live, and the way he tells the story today, this "suicide bomber" wasn't quite ready to die. Twenty-one-year-old...
Washington: A Grim March of Missteps; U.S. Forces Went into Iraq with No Coherent Strategy to Run an Occupied Country-Or Defeat an Insurgency
Byline: John Barry and Michael Hirsh Rule one for fighting an insurgency: military might alone won't work. You need a political strategy. That means the local population must be given reasons to turn in the insurgents: security, jobs, a legitimate...
White House Fears That the Enemy Is. the CIA
Byline: Mark Hosenball Administration politicos cite a series of developments during last year's campaign as evidence that CIA careerists were out to get President Bush. First, not long before the Democratic convention in Boston, CIA bin Laden expert...