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 Vol. 151, No. 10, March 10

A Concert Aims for Perfect Harmony
Byline: Melinda Liu The N.Y. Philharmonic brings cultural diplomacy to North Korea, but the real encore may take a while. Kim Jung Rok's ears pricked up when he heard that the New York Philharmonic would play in Pyongyang as guests of his government....
An Immigrant's Silent Struggle
Byline: Robert Kosi Tette; Tette Lives In Oak Park, Mich. Back home in Ghana, I am the epitome of success. But life in America hasn't always been easy. "I want to be just like you. You are from uptown, aren't you?" the young man asked in the...
Arab-America's Store
Byline: Keith Naughton Wal-Mart stocks falafel, olives and Islamic greeting cards to attract Dearborn's ethnic shoppers. As Arwa Hamad strolls a new Wal-Mart, an eight-foot display of olive oil stops her in her tracks. "Oh, wow," she says, marveling...
A Room with A Hue
Byline: Peter Plagens A vibrant new show at MoMA raises the question: why has the color drained out of contemporary art? Jim Lambie's "ZOBOP!" looks like a personal-injury lawsuit waiting to happen. "ZOBOP!" is a dizzying installation of meandering...
Attack Ads on the Way
Byline: Michael Isikoff A new series of TV commercials featuring sinister photos of Osama bin Laden may signal what's to come this fall: a wave of secretly financed political attack ads. The spots, by a group called Defense of Democracies, which...
China's New Empty Nest
Byline: Melinda Liu; With Bureau Reports An aging population is transforming the family. Although they live in a nation of 1.3 billion people, Wu Shaoqiu and his wife are lonely. Their son now lives in Canada, their daughter in France. "We need...
C'mon and Be A Bureaucrat
Byline: Tony Dokoupil Uncle Sam wants you, but he's having trouble besting contractors for talent. With close to a hundred undergraduates looking on, federal recruiter Jesse Tampio took the stage recently at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,...
Don't They Make a Lovely Couple?
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Giving new meaning to "viral video," late-night host Jimmy Kimmel unleashed a hilariously profane, mock-dating sketch last week called "I'm F---ing Ben Affleck." It was a retort to the equally profane one created by Kimmel's...
East Side Story
Byline: Malcolm Jones Richard Price's novel may look like a murder story, but it's really a tough guy's love letter to the old neighborhood. Richard Price is no stranger to urban chaos. Since he hit the literary scene as a 25-year-old wunderkind...
Extinction Trade
Byline: Sharon Begley; With Scott Johnson In Nairobi, Jeneen Interlandi And Jason Overdorf In Delhi Endangered animals are the new blood diamonds as militias and warlords use poaching to fund death. The marauders galloped into Zakouma National...
Financial Tips from Fluffy
Byline: Kathleen Denevy; With Karen Springen Children learn about money from their parents. That's bad news for my daughter, because I don't set the best example. Would you pay $7 for a bagel? I sure wouldn't, but my 7-year-old daughter regularly...
From Ping-Pong to Pyongyang
Byline: Connie Sweeris; As Told To Tony Dokoupil How a 1971 table-tennis match put China in play. Before there was Philharmonic diplomacy, there was Ping-Pong diplomacy. In 1971, nine members of the U.S. national Ping-Pong team were invited to...
He Knew He Was Right
Byline: Evan Thomas; With Pat Wingert, Fareed Zakaria and Weston Kosova He united the conservatives. But William F. Buckley did more than that: he crafted a winning alternative to New Deal liberalism. Now the right is adrift and needs -- another...
Homage to a Civil Conservative
Buckley knew politics is the realm of ideas, not just tactics. It's a lesson these two writers--one from the left, the other the right--say we ought to remember Praise From an Unlikely Corner It's not easy for a committed liberal to admire an...
How Grim Is My Valley
Byline: Rod Nordland An epidemic of young suicides sweeps an old Welsh coal area, linked only by a social-networking Web site. The string of deaths began with Dale Crole, 18. He hanged himself at an abandoned warehouse on Jan. 5, 2007. His friend...
How Much Change Is Change?
Byline: Jonathan Alter Obama is showing signs of a quality ascribed to FDR: an ability to look farther downfield than most. You hear a lot of moaning about how terrible things are in the United States now, but consider the situation 75 years...
It's Your Money or Your Life
Byline: David Ansen In 'The Counterfeiters,' Jewish forgers agree to help the Nazis. Forged Hand: Sorowitsch shows off his handiwork In prewar Berlin, when Salomon (Sally) Sorowitsch needed money, he printed it himself. A Russian Jew with...
Loose Lips Sink Shifts
Byline: Anna Kuchment Last year Sam Chapman banned gossip at his small Chicago firm. "Since we put the regime in place, it's changed everything," says Chapman, CEO of Empower Public Relations. Each of the company's 17 employees has agreed that when...
Man in the Middle
Byline: Mark Hosenball; With Karen Springen His name might sound familiar. But who is Tony Rezko, and what's his connection to Barack Obama? CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NAM Y. HUH--AP, PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES OMMANNEY--GETTY IMAGES FOR NEWSWEEK, PETER...
McCain and the Oath
Byline: George F. Will He has not been bashful about advising the Supreme Court. He should weigh in again, against aspects of McCain-Feingold. John McCain aspires to take the presidential oath to "preserve, protect and defend, the Constitution,"...
Perspectives
"Remember New Hampshire." Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, sounding a note of caution before the Texas and Ohio primaries by recalling rival Hillary Clinton's surprise victory in the Granite State "If I did not believe in its ability...
Promises, Promises
Byline: Daniel Gross and Daniel Stone Presidential candidates vow daily to enact (pricey) legislation that will usher in an era of peace, prosperity and guilt-free eating. And while their most earnest vows often come a cropper after the transition...
Roger Dodger vs. the Feds
Byline: Mark Hosenball Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight Committee jointly agreed to ask the FBI to investigate whether baseball legend Roger Clemens lied during a Feb. 13 hearing about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs--but...
Still Life with Beach Towel
Byline: Peter Plagens The gift shop at the new Museum of Contemporary Art in New York doesn't sell standard museum fare--no Monet neckties or Jackson Pollock jigsaw puzzles. Instead, the NCMA, which just opened its new building in November, carries...
Stop Your Sobbing-Now
Byline: Lisa Miller When he climbs into his pulpit on Sundays, Bowen shouts 'God is good!' and the people shout back, in unison, 'All the time!' Will Bowen takes "uncomplaining" to an extreme. Bowen doesn't gripe about anything, ever. A reporter...
Sure, We've Got That!
Byline: Daniel Mcginn In an age of cable-on-demand, Netflix and BitTorrent, it can be tough running a mom-and-pop video store. But give a few of these independent retailers credit for ingenuity: they've come across a novel trick for turning the...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham The note was unexpected, brief and witty. A few years ago, in The New York Times Book Review, I wrote about a book of William F. Buckley Jr.'s (one of his 50), a "literary autobiography" titled "Miles Gone By." I had found the...
The Myth of Objectivity
Byline: Evan Thomas; With Suzanne Smalley Is the mainstream press unbiased? No, but we aren't ideological. What we really thrive on is conflict. She tried to make a joke of it. At the debate in Cleveland last week, Hillary Clinton brought up...
The Prince and the Taliban
Byline: Sami Yousafzai And Stryker Mcguire Despite the British government's concerted effort to preserve the secret, a veteran Taliban field officer claims he was scarcely surprised by the disclosure that Prince Harry was serving with Britain's...
The Unspeakable R Word
Byline: Daniel Gross In certain quarters of Washington, understatement and euphemism, verging on denial, are par for the course. Testifying before Congress, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke conducted a master class in the art of understatement...
What the World Is Hearing
Byline: Fareed Zakaria A senior Latin American diplomat says, 'We might find ourselves nostalgic for Bush, who is brave on trade.' Despite their spirited squabbling, the two Democratic candidates are united in the view that one of the big benefits...
When Hate Becomes Hurt
Byline: Jessica Ramirez It began like any other policy fight, but the tension surrounding immigration reform has escalated into hate, according to the National Council of La Raza, the country's largest Hispanic civil-rights group. Last month, it...