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. 160, No. 16, October 15

A Cheater's Dream
Byline: Michelle Cottle How the unfaithful cover their tracks. Great News for all you current and aspiring cheaters out there! Neal Desai, a 25-year-old pre-med graduate of Baylor University, has a smartphone app designed to help keep your dirty...
Burn, Baby, Burn!
Byline: Tunku Varadarajan Life After Death There is relentless speculation in the French news media about whether former president Nicolas Sarkozy could announce a political comeback. In a TV interview, Valerie Pecresse, who was Sarkozy's spokeswoman...
Europe's New Fascists
Byline: Niall Ferguson Populism takes an ominous turn. It can be a mistake to laugh at fascists. Charlie Chaplin mocked Hitler and Mussolini in The Great Dictator. P.G. Wodehouse had fun with his preposterous parody of Oswald Mosley, Roderick...
Free Willy!
Byline: Josh Dzieza Japanese Whaling founders. Japan's government-subsidized whaling program is in dire straits. Last week the Institute of Cetacean Research, as the program is called, reported a $20.5 million loss, and blamed the activist group...
If Israel Attacks Iran
Byline: Dan Ephron Will America get pulled into another Mideast war? Newsweek hosted a 'war game' with former U.S. officials to find out. It's 5 in the morning when the phone rings at the beachfront home of Dan Shapiro, the American ambassador...
Lessons from a Sexpert
Byline: Lizzie Crocker The real-life story behind 'The Sessions.' Early on in The Sessions, Mark O'Brien, a polio-stricken writer determined to lose his virginity with the help of a sex therapist, confesses to his priest: "My penis speaks to...
My Favorite Mistake: Sir Richard Branson
Byline: Sir Richard Branson On his banana-boat rescue. Back in 1984, we started the airline Virgin Atlantic with one plane. We didn't have the advertising money to spend to compete with British Airways, so I kept trying to think of a way to get...
My Proof of Heaven
Byline: Dr. Eben Alexander When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible--a journey to the afterlife. As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in...
Paul Rudd's Danger Zone
Byline: Marlow Stern The actor delivers a knockout turn as a Christian evangelical whose life spirals out of control in 'Grace,' a new Broadway play. I'm not sure we've seen you kill anyone before, in a film or on stage. I don't think I have!...
Space Shot
Byline: Lauren Streib An energy drink's latest extreme sport. On Oct. 8, seasoned skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner is scheduled to perform an unprecedented feat of athleticism, science, and, possibly, stupidity. He'll free-fall nearly...
Susan Rice
Byline: Leslie H. Gelb A diplomat under fire. With the presidential campaign drowning in boredom, commentators were desperately searching for news, preferably a new victim, to brighten their days. And along came Susan Rice. A couple Sundays ago,...
The Botox Economy
Byline: Daniel Gross Why drugmaker Allergan is the perfect company. Because of Botox I don't have any wrinkles," says Allergan CEO David Pyott, whose 58-year-old forehead is as smooth as an aging Hollywood starlet's, thanks to his company's fountain-of-youth-in-a-syringe....
The Idea Man's Secret Treasures
Byline: Blake Gopnik Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen-the world's first masterpiece-collecting, Jimi Hendrix-worshiping philanthropist. Sit with Paul Allen in his office in Seattle and you might take him for the head of a middling actuarial firm....
The Kids Aren't Alright
Byline: Lee Siegel The perils of parenting in the digital age. When regulators at the Federal Trade Commission take steps within the coming weeks to strengthen the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, they could well be acting with...
The Mail
'Welcome Back to the White House, Mr. President' Andrew Sullivan's cover story (Oct. 1 & 8) draws many compelling parallels between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, two iconic presidents. Yet in anticipating what a second Obama term might look...
The War Game
Replicating a meeting of the Principals Committee--the team the president relies on for recommendations about matters of the highest importance--the simulation sought to answer what might happen if the Israelis strike Iran before the November election?...
Things Still Fall Apart
Byline: Uzodinma Iweala Chinua Achebe's memoir of the Biafran war. I met Chinua Achebe for the first time when I was in high school, but I knew him through his works long before that. "Uncle," as my siblings and I were told to call him, came...
Upper-Class Warfare
Byline: David Frum How Romney would screw the ordinary rich. The Mitt Romney campaign has pledged that its tax plans--mainly cuts to the top income-tax rate combined with the elimination of loopholes and deductions--won't reduce the tax burden...
What's That Doing in My Head?
Byline: Amanda Schaffer Scientists find male DNA lurking in women's brains. In case any doubt remained that guys get into girls' heads, for the first time scientists have found male DNA in the human female brain. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson...
Will Paul Ryan Get Found Out?
Byline: Michael Tomasky In the coming veep smackdown, Joe Biden will be gunning for the right's boy wonder. Mitt Romney sure did what he needed to do in last week's debate. He ran rings around the president, who looked half the time like he was...
You Call That a Scoop?
Byline: Howard Kurtz The tape that revealed the media's split personality. There are, it turns out, truly two Americas--each with its own view of the political landscape, its own media organs, and, increasingly, its own set of facts. For years,...