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 March 29

A Family and a Flag; Behind the Pledge Case Lies a House Divided
Byline: Debra Rosenberg If you had happened to spot Dr. Michael Newdow returning his legal books to the public library in suburban Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month, you might not have suspected that the barefoot man clad in rumpled jeans and...
All Eyes on Google; in Six Short Years, Two Stanford Grad Students Turned a Simple Idea into a Multibillion-Dollar Phenomenon and Changed Our Lives. Now Competitors Are Searching for a Way to Dethrone the Latest Princes of the Net
Byline: Steven Levy, With Brad Stone in San Francisco, Search Engine Graphic by Peter Suciu Short of "you're under arrest," there are very few things that the leaders of a young technology company would like less to hear than "Bill Gates thinks...
A Year on, 'Everyone Is Torn'; NEWSWEEK's Melinda Liu, Who Braved the Bombing of Baghdad, Returns to See What Her Iraqi Friends Say Now
Byline: Melinda Liu One of my last visits with Amal Murad Ali, almost exactly a year ago, was cut short by an explosion. She and I were huddled in the dank basement of her antiques shop, across from Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, waiting for the fighting...
Ballot Boxes Go High Tech; from Touch Screens to Digital 'Frogs,' Technology to Make Voting More Secure Is Tricky, but It's Coming
Byline: Steven Levy, Graphics by Josh Ulick The Florida election debacle in 2000 brought us face to face with some bad news: common voting technology can be untrustworthy. Many state and local election officials were already moving toward what they...
Chasing Kevin; Director Kevin Smith Says His Warm New Movie, 'Jersey Girl,' Wasn't Made for Critics. Good Thing. A Frank Exchange with NEWSWEEK's David Ansen
Byline: David Ansen In "Jersey Girl," the creator of such funny, edgy cult hits as "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" spins the surprisingly mainstream and sentimental tale of New York publicist Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck), whose glam life comes crashing...
Dean's Net Effect Is Just the Start; Imagine If a National Leader Decided to Exploit the Power of the Internet in an Effort to Bring Affordable Health Care to Millions of Uninsured Families
Byline: Steven Levy For many of us, Howard Dean's bid for the white house is already fading into the wonkier recesses of our brains, the famous scream taking its place in politics-junkie lore with Mike Dukakis's tank ride and Ed Muskie's tears....
Food: The Lunchbox Gourmets
Byline: Julie Scelfo Stumped by what to pack in your kid's lunchbox? We talked to chefs, cookbook authors and assorted foodies--and it turns out that they're scratching their heads, too. After all, the box lunch is a challenge. The food has to be...
Good for the Jews?
Byline: Nicki Gostin Last week Mel Gibson told Fox News talk-show host Sean Hannity he was interested in filming the story of the Maccabees--the Jewish liberators whose triumph is celebrated at Chanukah. Could Gibson, whose "Passion of the Christ"...
GOP: Naysaying Kerry's Nay
Byline: Daniel Klaidman and Evan Thomas Last week was one of John Kerry's roughest in his still-young presidential campaign. On a daily basis the Bush-Cheney team savaged him as a weak-on-defense flip-flopper, while GOP operatives scoured his long...
I'm Not Ready to Be the Lord of the Wings; I Can Eat 1.75 Pounds of Chicken Wings in Eight Minutes. but Is That What I Want to Be Known For?
Byline: Peter Duffy, Duffy lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. In the film "Spiderman," Peter Parker says of his Spidey powers: "This is my blessing. This is my curse." Well, I recently found out what mine is: I can eat close to two pounds of chicken wings...
It's All One War Now; from Pakistan to Europe to Iraq, Post 9/11 Strife Is Global and Growing. Inside Our Secret Battle for Allies and Intel
Byline: Michael Hirsh and Mark Hosenball, With Michael Isikoff, John Barry and Tamara Lipper in Washington, Stefan Theil in Berlin, Scott Johnson in Baghdad, Christopher Dickey in Casablanca, Stryker McGuire in Madrid and Ron Moreau, Zahid Hussain...
Justice: A New Controversy in the Fetal-Rights Wars; Are Prosecutors Saving Lives-Or Persecuting Pregnant Women? the Battle Is Joined
Byline: Sarah Childress When Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, first saw the black-and-white mug shot of a mentally ill Utah mother, all she could think was, "Oh my God, that poor woman." Then Gandy learned that 28-year-old...
Little Engines That Can; Even Google Can't Think of Everything. A Host of Start-Ups Are Working to Fill Niches and Capitalize on the Search Boom
Byline: Brad Stone A Google search for the phrase "apple tree" draws 2.4 million results, all tucked into an endless, impenetrable catalog of blue links. Entrepreneur R. J. Pittman thinks that's a few too many. "Traditional search engines don't...
Live, from the Left, It's. Liberals Are Looking to a 'Saturday Night Live' Alum for Salvation. Backstage with Al Franken, Air Warrior
Byline: Weston Kosova Al Franken is eating a sandwich--demolishing it, really--blissfully unaware of the barrage of wet, sticky mouth sounds he's sending into the microphone that hangs in front of his face. It's the third day of recorded rehearsals...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources From Top To Bottom, Left To Right: New York Times (2), New York Post, Houston Chronicle, CNN, The Washington Post, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New York Times, Fox News "This way of life is worth defending."...
Snap Judgement: Music
Byline: Lorraine Ali, Devin Gordon, David Gates Fly or Die N.E.R.D. Apparently the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) weren't satisfied producing hits for Justin, Britney and Beyonce, making their own hit album or winning producer-of-the-year...
Social Security Isn't Doomed
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn, Reporter associate: Temma Ehrenfeld Social Security reformers are totally bogged down. Whether that's good news or bad news, I'm not sure. Most Republicans seek an extreme makeover--diverting some of your payroll tax into...
Storm Warnings; Bin Laden Was a Threat, but Clinton Never Pushed It and Bush Seemed More Interested in Saddam. What Went Wrong
Byline: Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas, With Mark Hosenball It was the day after 9/11, and President Bush, like many Americans, was looking for someone to bomb. Wandering into the White House Situation Room, the president pulled aside Richard Clarke,...
Taxes: From 'I Do' to W-2
Byline: Jason McLure As America's 12,000 gay newlyweds get back from their honeymoons, they'll have to face the same reality their straight counterparts do: taxes. But can same-sex couples file jointly? No, according to the IRS. Certainly not if...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker This week's issue features three big stories that we've been covering aggressively from the very start. One week after September 11 we published a 10,000-word cover story by Evan Thomas, Michael Isikoff and a team of NEWSWEEK...
The IPO: Giddy over Going Public; Google's Highly Anticipated Stock Offering Could Make History
Byline: Brad Stone Even the FBI knows now: investors will go gaga for Google. Earlier this month, the Feds arrested Shamoon Rafiq, a Dutch telecom worker living in New York City, for allegedly selling pre-IPO (initial public offering) "friends and...
The Perils of Protectionism
Byline: George F. Will Bob Kerrey, then Senator from Nebraska, sought the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination by advocating protectionism. In one ad, he stood by a hockey net, a trade goalie vigilant to block sinister imports. Voters were unimpressed...
The Smell of a Real Scandal; the Run-Up to the Iraq War Was More Hype Than Lie. Medicare Is a Clearer Example of Dishonesty and Corruption at High Levels
Byline: Jonathan Alter The democrats are over the top. Last week the Democratic National Committee was once again trying to close the propaganda gap with the GOP, which has a much surer instinct for the jugular. The DNC risked a lawsuit from Burger...
Valley of Power; like Hollywood, Northern California's Tech Corridor Is a Hot Spot of Politics-And Money. Some Movers and Shakers
Byline: Karen Breslau The heady days are long gone when silver-haired pols would do anything to rub shoulders (and collect a check) from apple-cheeked millionaires in the backyard of some Palo Alto mansion with no furniture and big speakers. The...
Where the Voters Are; the Line between Politics and Marketing Blurs as New Software Makes Canvassing More Sophisticated Than Ever
Byline: Holly Bailey If you're a registered voter in Missouri, you probably don't know John Hancock, but he knows you. He knows your age and race, your party registration and voting history, your property taxes and income. For Hancock, an adviser...