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 5

A $2 Trillion Footnote? the Costs of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Have Far Exceeded Almost All Estimates, but That's Much Less Important Than It Seems
***** CORRECTION: CLARIFICATION: In a previous column, "The Stubborn Welfare State," (Feb. 19) I showed the shares of federal spending going to defense, payments to individuals (Social Security, Medicare etc.), interest on the debt and everything...
Decoding 'The Secret'; Oprah Lives by It. Millions Are Reading It. the Latest Self-Help Sensation Claims We Can Change Our Lives by Thinking. but This 'New Thought' May Just Be New Marketing
Byline: Jerry Adler (With Matthew Philips in New York, Mary Carmichael in Boston, Karen Springen in Chicago and Kendall Hill in Sydney) If you're a woman trying to lose weight, you had your choice of two pieces of advice last week. One, from the...
Europe's Apple Attack; Regulators Say They Want to Liberate iTunes for All
Byline: John D. Sparks Apple Inc. never lets anyone forget who it's not--Microsoft. Apple ads feature a hipster named Mac humiliating a pale, pudgy loser named PC; its slogan urges consumers to "think different." But the tech darling now shares...
Forgotten Heroes
Byline: Dan Ephron and Sarah Childress (With Jamie Reno, Eve Conant, John Barry, Richard Wolffe, Karen Springen, Jonathan Mummolo and Ty Brickhouse) After returning from Iraq in late 2005, Jonathan Schulze spent every day struggling not to fall...
Fragged by an F. O. B. Hillary Expected an Attack from the Right. but the Shots Came from an Old Hollywood Buddy of Bill's
Byline: Evan Thomas (With Eleanor Clift and Mark Hosenball in Washington, Johnnie L. Roberts and Jonathan Alter in New York and Andrew Murr and Sean Smith in Los Angeles) Last December, a NEWSWEEK reporter tentatively broached a delicate subject...
Health: I Screen, You Screen
Byline: Joan Raymond Hank Furman prides himself on wringing the last cent out of a dollar. But when it comes to good health, "no amount of money is too much," says Furman, a 73-year-old retired machinist from Euclid, Ohio. That's why he recently...
How to Design a Healthier Planet
Byline: Jerry Adler The green movement is so much more than a referendum on what kind of car we drive--or don't. In a post-McMansion age, our homes, offices and community facilities have become a reflection of our newly green values, whether that...
Mmmm, Tasty Chemicals; A New Book 'Deconstructs' a Twinkie and Analyzes All 39 Ingredients. Industrial-Strength Junk Food, Anyone?
Byline: Anne Underwood As Steve Ettlinger dropped down a Wyoming mine shaft, plummeting 1,600 feet in an open-mesh cage, he wondered how many other food writers had ever donned hard hats and emergency breathing equipment in pursuit of a story. But...
My Turn: And on This Farm She Found a Future; Agriculture Is a Backbreaking, Low-Paying, Male-Dominated Field. I Wouldn't Want Any Other Job
Byline: Nancy Brill (Brill lives in Cherry Hill, N.J.) The farmer had a tanned face, weathered from working in the hot sun and dry air. He took in my clean appearance and small, unmuscular body. "So," he said, "you like to get dirty?" It was...
Net Roots Gets Meta; Which Presidential Candidate Has the Best Web Site? You Can Surf Them All, or Just Go to techPresident.Com
Byline: Daren Briscoe In the early race for 2008, most national polls have Hillary Clinton thumping Democratic rival Barack Obama by double digits. But the junior senator from Illinois can take comfort in at least one tally: MySpace, apparently,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin Q&A: CRAIG FERGUSON Britney Spears was in and out (and in and out and in again) of rehab last week, but you won't catch Ferguson making fun of her on CBS's "Late, Late Show." He spoke with Nicki Gostin. Why did you...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: AP, CNN, AP, Reuters, CNN, ABC News, New York Times (2), AP (2), The Sun "Iran has not suspended ... enrichment-related activities." A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Iran's alleged defiance of...
Raiders of the Lost Tomb; A Book and Movie Allege the Final Resting Place of Mary, Joseph and the King of Kings Has Been Found. Controversy to Follow
Byline: Lisa Miller and Joanna Chen In Jerusalem, that ancient and holy city, people's houses are built on bones. For thousands of years, hundreds of generations of Jews, Muslims and Christians have been laid to rest in its rocky soil. Tova Bracha...
Reporter
Byline: Lisa Miller (With Rayhane Sanders) In the aftermath of 9/11, when the offices of The Wall Street Journal were temporarily moved from Ground Zero to SoHo, a young journalist sat at his desk and edited one story after another about the Muslim...
Skies Were Cloudy before Jet Blew It
Byline: Allan Sloan (With Temma Ehrenfeld in New York) In its brief but glorious life, JetBlue Airways has become a business-school case study. Business junkies everywhere have praised the customer service, new planes and clever marketing that turned...
The Apology Primary Is on; McCain's Career-Enhancing Apologies Are Legion. but His Reputation for Using Contrition to Charm His Way out of Trouble Might Be Catching Up with Him
Byline: Jonathan Alter Hillary Clinton is right to resist efforts to make her cry uncle and apologize for her 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq-war resolution; that would look weak. Her mistake was in not anticipating this problem with the liberal...
The Baby Who's Not Supposed to Be Alive; Amillia's Doctor Didn't Realize Just How Young She Was
Byline: Pat Wingert The chance of survival of a 21-week, 6-day-old fetus is zero. That's something Miami obstetrician Guillermo Lievano thought he knew for sure. Then he delivered Amillia Taylor, who weighed just 10 ounces, and appears to be the...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham On Thanksgiving Day, 2005, the soldier on our cover this week--Specialist Marissa Strock--was the gunner on a patrol in Iraq. Suddenly, four 1.55 artillery rounds from an improvised explosive device ripped through her Humvee,...
The Gossip Minus Guilt; the Peeping-Tom Trade Has Been Outsourced to the Paparazzi. Instead of Venom Traded over Back Fences, We Have Us Weekly and 'The Insider.'
Byline: Anna Quindlen The examination of conscience began when a hardworking and pious woman who had never watched "Access Hollywood" asked a question to which there was no good answer: "Who is Anna Nicole Smith?" It was the day of the death...
The Mysterious Mullah Omar; Tracing the Elusive Footsteps of the Taliban's Supreme Leader-And Bracing for What May Be Their Bloodiest Drive Yet
Byline: Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau There's no mistaking the thrill in Ghul Agha Akhund's voice. The Taliban field commander, speaking by mobile phone from his redoubt in Afghanistan's Helmand province, says the militants' covert network of couriers...
The Politics of the Brit Drawdown
Byline: Stryker McGuire, Richard Wolffe and Babak Dehghanpisheh In public, British and American officials say the U.K.'s withdrawal of troops from southern Iraq is a sign of success. But that wasn't the private reaction when the Brits first explained...
The Rage of Aquarius; the Zodiac Killer Has Never Been Caught, but David Fincher Still Made a Riveting Film about Him
Byline: David Ansen Obsession craves resolution the way a hunter craves his prey. But what happens to the obsessed when there is no resolution? David Fincher's fascinating, uncompromising "Zodiac" is about four men who became obsessed with capturing...
The Surge That Might Work; It Would Cost $100 Million to Restart All of Iraq's State Companies. That's as Much as the Military Will Spend in the Next 12 Hours
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) We are now fighting a war intelligently in Iraq. The only problem is, it's the last war, not the present one. The United States has gambled all its efforts on a troop surge...
To Boldly Go ... On?
Byline: Joshua Alston Fans of the "Star Trek" franchise love forward-looking stories, but for a while now they've had to live in the past. Trekkers flocked to Christie's auction house this past October, snapping up more than $7 million worth of...
Untreated Wounds; Iraqi Soldiers Are Injured at Twice the Rate of Americans, and Their Prospects for Long-Term Care Are Bleak at Best
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh with Baghdad bureau reports Private Atiya was driving a heavy truck on the outskirts of Baghdad when he saw the flash. Then, a deafening boom and darkness. When Atiya came to, he was lying on the side of the road and...