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 August 13

A Cool Summer
Byline: Sean Smith Summer has been blockbuster time for three decades now. But this season of "Pirates" and "Transformers" has also become a season of Oscar contenders. There are already three possible best-actress nominees from films released since...
A Last Stand on the Last Frontier; Alaskans Are Starting to Wonder If the Era of 'Uncle Ted' Is Coming to an End
Byline: Tony Hopfinger When federal agents raided the home of Ted Stevens in an Alaska ski town last week, looking for evidence in a bribery probe, they weren't just investigating the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. They were also exposing...
A Red Play for the Golden State
Byline: Jonathan Alter Our way of electing presidents has always been fer-tile ground for mischief. But there's sensible mischief--toying with existing laws and the Constitution to reflect popular will--and then there's the other kind, which tries...
BeliefWatch: Banned?
Byline: Lisa Miller Moshe Milstein, a religious Jew who is incarcerated at the federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., wants his Maimonides back. Officials at the Otisville prison recently removed hundreds of books from the chapel library there--including,...
Crime: 'Four in the Backyard'
Byline: Suzanne Smalley Christy Freeman seemed like any mom, juggling four teenagers and the taxi company she ran. But last week, in the Ocean City, Md., home Freeman shared with her kids and longtime boyfriend, authorities found the remains of...
Death on the Mississippi
Byline: Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, Eve Conant and Andrew Romano The moments before the disaster were unremarkable: rush-hour traffic; a car horn; drivers inching home from work. And then, in an instant, the world collapsed. "I felt some shaking...
Forward into Battle; with the Wall Street Journal and a New Business Network, Rupert Murdoch and Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Plan Their Next Move: All-Out War
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts Rupert Murdoch, owner-in-waiting of The Wall Street Journal, is taking the high road. After a bitter three-month battle to win approval from enough bickering Bancrofts to buy their Dow Jones & Co., the mogul struck...
How to Stop Being a Drip
Byline: Charlene Dy Water use soars in the summertime, and drought-affected regions have been tightening their faucets in an effort to conserve water. While some towns have gone so far as to restrict lawn watering and public fountains, better technology...
Is It Too 'Hot' in Here? 'SNL' Vet Andy Samberg's Film Career Is off to a Bumpy Start. Then Again, So Were Sandler's and Farley's and
Byline: Devin Gordon According to "Saturday Night Live" wunderkind and comedy cinephile Andy Samberg, the ideal length for a funny movie is approximately 90 minutes. Samberg knows this because he's done the research. When he and his partners in...
Looking for a Leaker
Byline: Michael Isikoff The controversy over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former...
Monkey See, Monkey Sue (for Legal Custody)
Byline: Sanhita Sen Are chimpanzees more like babies or bicycles? Put another way: are they beings with basic rights, or property to be returned to an owner? The answer may decide the fate of Emma and Jackson, two chimps at the center of a custody...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh, Nicki Gostin A New View From Star Jones At a recent breakfast, Star Jones orders a single scrambled egg with cheese. The waiter brings her two by mistake. "That's too much!" Star squeals, shoveling the extra egg away....
Not Another Teen Movie; 'Rocket Science' Has a Big Brain-And a Bigger Heart
Byline: David Ansen Hal Hefner (Reece Daniel Thompson) is a stutterer. His problem is so severe that he has to practice ordering pizza as he stands in line at his high-school cafeteria--and has to settle for sloppy Joes because he can't get the...
Not-So-Hidden Power; She Wields Tremendous Influence over Her Husband's Would-Be Presidential Campaign. but Who Is Jeri Thompson-And Why Won't the Campaign Discuss Her?
Byline: Holly Bailey Presidential candidates always make a big deal of the advice they get from their wives. Ronald Reagan told voters that Nancy was his closest adviser; Bill Clinton said Hillary was so crucial to his team that electing him would...
Obama's Tough Talk
Byline: Michael Hirsh In a new foreign-policy speech, Barack Obama retuned his message by calling not just for a withdrawal from Iraq, but for "taking the fight to the terrorists" in Afghanistan and Pakistan by sending more U.S. troops there. Obama...
Perspectives: Quotes in the News
"I think it was something of a miracle." Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack, on the low number of deaths as a result of the city's rush-hour bridge collapse "Regardless of how reforms might inconvenience us or impact our personal lifestyles, our...
Road Rules; the Novel That Launched the Beats, the Hippies and Designer Jeans Turns 50. but This Legendary 'Joyride' Is Actually the Saddest Book You'll Ever Read-Even with God on Every Page. Time for Another Look
Byline: David Gates Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" gets the full 50th anniversary treatment next month, and both cheerleaders and hand-wringers acknowledge that it radically changed American culture--somehow or other. True, the National Quiet Desperation...
Show 'Em Whatcha Got; Conscious of Their Community's Financial Clout, Gay Activists Want Action on Equality Issues, Not Just Talk
Byline: Jonathan Darman (With Katie Connolly and Margot Edelman) Gay men and lesbians have always had a soft spot for Hillary Clinton. In the mid-'90s, when "homosexual" was still a dirty word in much of the country, Bill Clinton and his wife socialized...
Surge of Suicide Bombers; the Iraq War Has Turned into a Veritable 'Martyr' Factory, Unlike Any Seen in Previous Conflicts
Byline: Rod Nordland and Babak Dehghanpisheh (With Larry Kaplow and Iraqi staff in Baghdad, and Christopher Dickey in Paris) In the video that serves as his last will and testament, the youthful, well-dressed Saudi, known only as "Fatima's Fiance,"...
The Best of Flights, the Worst of Flights
Byline: Daniel Gross Flying today is a Dickensian affair. Flight diaries read like production notes for "Oliver": endless lines, screaming children, basic necessities confiscated, uncomfortable physical inspections, cramped conditions and food of...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham In the issue of NEWSWEEK dated April 28, 1975--the cover that week, about the pending fall of Saigon, was called "The Last Battle" --the magazine ran what is probably the most-cited single-page story in our history. Headlined...
The Streets Change, but Memories Endure; Though Gentrification Has Made My Childhood Neighborhood Unrecognizable, It's Still Home to Me
Byline: Kenji Jasper (Jasper lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.) I grew up in the 1980s and '90s in a Washington, D.C., housing development called Fairfax Village. Back then, it was a neighborhood where class lines blurred. Walking down the street, you were...
The Truth about Denial
***** CORRECTION: Clarification: In "The Truth About Denial" (Aug. 13), we said that Congressman John Dingell "adamantly oppose[s] greenhouse curbs that might hurt the auto and other industries." While Dingell has long opposed greenhouse curbs,...
To Get on the Same Page; A Stint in an Israeli Jail Inspired a Palestinian Educator to Devise a Different Approach to Teaching History
Byline: Joanna Chen Sami Adwan is the very model of a soft-spoken professor. He measures his words, and listens carefully to what others have to say. Yet while pursuing an education Ph.D. at the University of San Francisco in the 1980s, Adwan not...
When They Were Kings; Ingmar Bergman, 89, and Michelangelo Antonioni, 94
Byline: David Ansen On the same day, two giants of the cinema, gone. For anyone who grew up in the golden age of cinephilia--that remarkable period between the end of the 1950s and the mid-1970s when movies held pride of place at the center of the...
White-Haired Guy Gets Mad
Byline: George F. Will Chris Dodd's modest ambition is to get Democratic primary voters to say: "We want to give the white-haired guy a chance." The color of his hair is the most that most Democrats know about the five-term senator from Connecticut...
Yummy vs. Slummy; and the Winner Is ... Who Cares? We've Become Narcissist Mommies, Obsessed with Our Parenting Choices and Defensive When Confronted with Others'
Byline: Kathleen Deveny (With Julie Scelfo) The mommy wars are killing me. Raise your children however you'd like. Just please--please--stop telling me about it. Do whatever you want: stay at home with your kids, wear gym clothes all day and make...