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 21

Arthur Miller, 1915-2005
Byline: David Gates Back in the late '60s, Arthur Miller was on vacation in the Caribbean and spotted a man, standing ankle deep in the surf, who proved to be Mel Brooks. Now, in all of American theater, Brooks, for whom irreverent is too solemn...
Back on the Mean Streets; A Cop Shoots, a Black Kid Falls and L.A. Is on Edge Again
Byline: Andrew Murr It started as a straight drunk-driving stop. LAPD Officer Steve Garcia and his partner were patrolling South Los Angeles at 3:49 last Sunday morning when they spotted a maroon 1990 Toyota driving erratically. At the wheel was...
Beta-Testing Paradise; What Do Consumers Really Want? Gizmo Makers Use a Big Family-Owned Electronics Store outside Chicago to Find Out
Byline: Karen Springen and Daniel McGinn Deep in the back of the 60,000-square-foot appliance store in suburban Chicago, Yamaha representative Chuck Lucous is performing his magic. He's working with a rectangular silver state-of-the-art speaker...
Capital Ideas
Byline: Linda Stern Let President Bush, congress and the AARP wrangle about Social Security--you take care of yourself. For anyone who is self-employed, even if it's just a little side business, that can mean setting up a one-person 401(k) account....
Don't Just Rush to the Exits; It's Not Just Al Qaeda and Its Allies Who Will Delight If Iraq Becomes a Total Mess, but Antidemocratic Forces Will Gleefully Claim That Elections Lead to Chaos
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) On the night after the Iraqi elections, I was a guest on "The Daily Show." The host, Jon Stewart, began the discussion on the previous day's events by saying, "We did it! We...
Food: A Tough Balancing Act
Byline: Anna Kuchment It's been a difficult few years for dieters. First Atkins had us loading up on steak and trading skim milk for half-and-half. Soon South Beach halted our fat free-for-all, but turned us off carrots and orange juice. Then the...
In a Corner of Hell, A Moment of Beauty; There among My Son's Snapshots-Stark Images of a Brutal War-Was a Sign of Hope I Still Cling To
Byline: Sue Diaz (Diaz lives in San Diego.) I peeked into the sunny bedroom at the end of the hall, and for a moment it seemed as if the past two years had never happened. As if my son, Roman, had never left home at 18 to join the Army. As if he'd...
Inside the Head of an Applicant; It Used to Be an Art to Find out Which Job Candidate Would Make the Ideal Manager. It May Soon Be Cutting-Edge Technology
Byline: Tara Pepper (With Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop and Matt Hermann) Turhan Canli has an odd photo collection. It includes several shots of people's faces. He flashes photos of the words "death," "happiness" and others printed in various colors....
Intel Director: Make This into a Job Someone Wants
***** CORRECTION: In "Make This Into a Job Someone Wants" (Periscope, Feb. 21) we misidentified a photo. The photo is of Porter Goss, not Robert Gates. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Mark Hosenball and Tamara Lipper CORRECTION...
It's Mueller Time; Big Companies Don't Own Every Ski Resort in North America. Here's an Entrepreneurial Couple Who Are Mom-and-Pop
Byline: Daniel McGinn In the past decade the ski industry has surely gone corporate, with publicly traded companies like Vail buying up resorts and diversifying into hotels. But as the M.B.A.s schuss into ski country, there remain some traditionalists...
It's the Road Now Taken; Two Mapping Companies Are Behind Most of the Road Data That Go into GPS Gadgets and onto Web Sites
Byline: Brad Stone It was as if the place didn't really exist. The first luxury properties in the Marisol housing development just south of San Francisco may have gone on sale in December 2003. But for the next 12 months, the streets of the subdivision...
King Karl; It's No Big Deal, Insists the White House. but Rove's New Duties Will Help Fix Bush's Place in History
Byline: Howard Fineman and Michael Isikoff (With Holly Bailey in Washington) Saudis thrive in the heat, but not the Washington kind. In July 2003, they were looking for protective cover. A congressional panel had issued a report on the roots of...
King of the Hill; Vail Resorts Is a Peak Performer. CEO Adam Aron Has Transformed the U.S. Ski Industry. but Is Continued Success an Uphill Battle?
Byline: Daniel McGinn For some skiers, the midday meal is a modest repast--say, a brown-bag lunch, some watery cocoa or a bowl of expensive chili eaten elbow-to-elbow in a drafty mountainside cafeteria. But those skiers don't dine at the Game Creek...
Knockoffs, Knock It off; Beijing's Defense of Its Olympic Logo Shows It Can Stop the Counterfeiters
Byline: Craig Simons On Silk Alley, a pedestrian lane in the center of Beijing, visitors could buy a fake leather Gucci bag stamped MADE IN ITALY for $15, or a North Face Gore-Tex jacket with a fleece liner for $12, last December. But there were...
Lots of Gain and No Pain! Americans Prefer to Be Deceived Rather Than Face the Hard Choices of Doing Something about Budget Deficits and Funding Social Security
Byline: Robert Samuelson You've never heard of Flemming v. Nestor, but it's a 1960 Supreme Court decision that demolishes the Bush administration's case for borrowing vast amounts to pay for its proposed "personal" Social Security accounts. The...
Mommy Madness; What Happened When the Girls Who Had It All Became Mothers? A New Book Explores Why This Generation Feels So Insane
Byline: Judith Warner Back in the days when I was a Good Mommy, I tried to do everything right. I breast-fed and co-slept, and responded to each and every cry with anxious alacrity. I awoke with my daughter at 6:30 AM and, eschewing TV, curled up...
Now You Ask Me? after a 35-Year Affair, Two Divorces, Wrenching Scandal and a Tragic Death, the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles Finally Decide to Make It Legal in April
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Stryker McGuire (With Emily Flynn, Tara Pepper and Marie Valla) He loves her. She loves him. That's the short version. The longer story is... well, much longer, and involves upending royal tradition and a religious...
Nuclear Offense; Kim Jong Il Has One Thing Going for Him: His Ability to Threaten the World with Doomsday Weapons. So How Should the Bush Administration Respond to That Threat? the 2006 Budget Calls for the United States to Develop New 'Bunker Busting' Nukes of Its Own
***** CORRECTION: In "Nuclear Offense" (Feb. 21) we misspelled the last name of a man identified as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is Peter Pry, not Pye. We also should have identified him as a staffer for Rep. Curt Weldon, who...
Once upon a Time; It Was Only 10 Years Ago That Yahoo Was Born and Netscape Had Its IPO, Leading to the Internet Boom in Silicon Valley. Nobody Seems to Be Taking Notice. Should We?
Byline: Brad Stone Ten years ago, the sites of Yahoo, eBay and Amazon came online, marking the official birth of the commercialized Web. There also was the tectonic IPO of that little start-up called Netscape. But don't expect much this year in...
Periscope
Byline: Mark Hosenball, Rana Foroohar, William Underhill, George Wehrfritz and Jonathan Adams, Steven Levy, Craig Simons, Susannah Meadows, Ramin Setoodeh, Eric Pape, Nicki Gostin IRAN: Running the New Iraq Fresh intel suggests that Tehran is...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: BBC news, USA today, Beliefnet.com , Associated Press (2), Reuters, CNN, Associated Press, Reuters, Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro Newspaper, Heathermillsmccartney.com "Only powerful strength...
Printing Cash, for Now; HP's Imaging Unit Mints Money, but Rivals Are Circling
Byline: Daniel McGinn The sign in the window at Staples appears altruistic: "Recycle your empty inkjet cartridges," it urges. "We'll donate $1 to local education." But this program isn't aimed only at saving the world--it's also intended to swipe...
Steamrollered by the Dell Machine; Dell Finds It Hilarious That HP and Sony Fund Researchers to Come Up with New Ideas
Byline: Steven Levy Of all the cards dealt to Carly Fiorina, the now departed HP diva, there was one that just couldn't be played. Dell. She fought like a tiger to merge her company with Compaq, hoping that two of the more innovative-minded computer...
Straight out of Fargo; A Red State Radio Talker Tries to Center the Democrats
***** CORRECTION: "Straight Out Of Fargo" (Feb. 21) incorrectly stated that "The Ed Schultz Show" had the fastest-growing debut of any talk-radio program since Rush Limbaugh's. "The Sean Hannity Show," which debuted on ABC Radio Networks in September...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Sometimes we recognize a good story because we're living it. As the mother of a 14-month-old, Lisa Miller, our Society editor, has found herself privately appalled by the level of perfectionism and competitiveness among moms...
The Flip Side of 50 Cent; You Know the Rap Superstar's Story by Now. Ex Drug Dealer, Nine Gunshot Wounds, Kind of a Scary Guy. We Thought There Had to Be More to It Than That-And What Do You Know?
Byline: Allison Samuels On a sunny Saturday morning, the buff-and-cut Curtis Jackson--you know him as 50 Cent--has finished his grueling workout in a Beverly Hills gym. Now he's sitting there by a small stereo, eyes closed, head bent, shoulders...
The Good Enough Mother; Forget about Day Camp or Mandatory Gymboree. What's the Point of Raising Kids If We Don't Have a Good Time and a Few Laughs?
Byline: Anna Quindlen There was a kind of carelessness to my childhood. I wandered away from time to time, rode my bike too far from home, took the trolley to nowhere in particular and back again. If you had asked my mother at any given time where...
The Music Stops for a Rock Star; Carly Fiorina Tried to Jump-Start Staid HP by Adding a Dose of Hollywood Glitz and Celebrity Cool. but in a Post-Enron World, Style Alone Just Wasn't Enough
Byline: Brad Stone Even in a belly-baring, hip-hugging plaid suit, singer Gwen Stefani couldn't save Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Neither could U2's the Edge, Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck or Matt Damon, who talked about his production...
The Zen of Fighting iPod; Creative Technologies' Sim Wong Hoo, King of PC Sound, Thinks His Digital Music Players Can Bite Apple
Byline: STEVEN LEVY Most customers of Creative Technologies don't even know it. They're the millions who have the Sound Blaster circuit boards in their PCs that process the audio boomed through the speakers. The Singapore-based company has thrown...
Winning Isn't Everything; Now That Iraq's Ballots Are All in, the Real Campaign Has Begun
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh and Owen Matthews Sheik Ahmed al Samarrai often used his pulpit at the Mother of All Battles Mosque in Baghdad to deliver fiery anti-American sermons. For months, his commanding voice echoed from loudspeakers, warning...
You're Lookin' Swell, Dali. Considering; for the First Time in More Than 60 Years, the Old Watch Melter Gets a Huge, Definitive Show in the United States
Byline: Peter Plagens In the early 1930s, the menacingly morphed "hand-painted dream photographs" Salvador Dali labored over with a three-hair brush and magnifying glass shocked the European and American public; today their equivalents are digitally...