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. 24, December 10

A Beautiful Mind
Byline: Marlow Stern Marion Cotillard on motherhood, the 1 percent, and her Rust a[umlaut]and Bone role that will make a[umlaut]you do a double take. I liked being watched. I liked turning guys on. Getting them worked up. But then I'd get bored....
Entertainment: Paparazzi with Drones
Byline: --Caitlin Dickson The future of celebrity stalking. This week, celebrity gossip site TMZ was put in the unusual position of defending itself against a rumor. A misreported claim that the notoriously shameless site was in the market for...
La Grande Feminisme Debate
Byline: Tunku Varadarajan; With Luke Darby and Jane Teeling HACKED OFF No one in the U.K. expected the report of an official inquiry into press standards to be a breezy read, and Sir Brian Henry Leveson--whose name the report bears--did not disappoint....
Moral Injury
Byline: Tony Dokoupil; Additional reporting by Alison Snyder They called themselves the Saints and the Sinners, a company of Marine reservists from the Mormon land of Salt Lake City and the casino shadows of Las Vegas. They arrived in Baghdad a...
My Favorite Mistake: Gerard Butler
Byline: Interview by Sujay Kumar On a very embarrassing meal. I'm a dude with ADD. I get caught up in the moment. For instance, I once wore a kilt and exposed myself to the congregation at my sister's wedding. My mum tried to motion for me to...
News, War, and Martinis
Byline: Andrew Romano 'The Hour' celebrates the glory days of journalism. The few Americans who have heard anything about The Hour, which airs on BBC America and takes place inside a late-1950s London newsroom, have probably heard it described...
Obama's Ominous Surprises
Byline: David Frum This is a good moment to be a Democrat. The economy shows signs of accelerating. The president visibly holds the upper hand in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. Republicans look in disarray. But the moment won't last. A number...
Our Nitwit CEOs
Byline: Paul Begala What the smart guys don't understand about politics. Businesspeople are fond of saying politicians don't know anything about business. While in the main that is true, the opposite is also true: business geniuses are often...
Person of Interest: Chris Chocola
Byline: Lloyd Grove A conservative macher scarier than the fiscal cliff. As president of the tax-hating, free-market-loving Club for Growth--currently enforcing ideological purity on congressional Republicans tempted to spritz the rich to avoid...
Read These!
Eleven books you shouldn't miss. The subtitle does not lie: Inside the a[umlaut]Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars. Faleiro chronicles that world through the experience of 19-year-old exotic dancer Leela, who seems more like Faleiro's close friend...
Religion: Angels in the Wings
How to become a saint. When the notoriously conservative U.S. Catholic bishops threw their support behind the sainthood of Dorothy Day, a famous socialist activist, eyebrows shot up at what some interpreted as a political move. But Day's cause isn't...
Rick Warren's Resurrection
Byline: Michelle Cottle He was once the hottest evangelical in America. Now, 10 years after the book that made him a star, the pastor wants the spotlight again. This time, it may not be so easy. "Have you hugged a pastor today!?" Without waiting...
Rumor Has It
Byline: Allison Samuels What's next for our incredibly popular first lady? Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn't thinking about what she might do in the future....
Sex Ed: Babies Come a[euro][umlaut]From ... Armpits?
Byline: Dan Levin China's bedroom problem. Where did I come from? Sooner or later, every kid asks. But in China, where frank discussions of sex and childbirth remain taboo, parents often avoid the subject altogether. In a recent news segment...
Shopping Becomes a Mini-Vacation
Get set for luxury to win the battle for the brick-and-mortar marketplace. "Clearly unsatisfactory" is what Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly called the company's third-quarter earnings. It's a droll bit of understatement--so French!--when words like "plunge"...
The Hidden Grave of History's Greatest Warrior
Byline: Oliver Steeds For centuries historians and treasure seekers have searched for Genghis Khan's tomb and riches. New findings offer compelling evidence of where he may be buried. In the eight hundred years since his death, people have sought...