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. 25, December 17

A Swarm of Angry Shrinks
Byline: Kent Sepkowitz Pushing back on the DSM's controversial update. national notebook: The board of trustees for the American Psychiatric Association just approved version five of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,...
Calling All Cabs
Byline: Daniel Gross Uber and the new road rage. It's hard to think of a market more mired in the mid-20th century than urban taxis and car services. In a world of digital markets, buyers and sellers of the service interact in the most analog...
How to Save Syria?
Our experts weigh in on what the U.S. must a[umlaut]do to stop the bloodshed. the United States can't save Syria, but it can save Syrians and Americans. Unalterably, Syria is in for an extended, chaotic, and bloody future. If the U.S. intervenes...
In the Land of Invisible Women
Byline: Janine Di Giovanni The Arab Spring gave Yemen's women a public voice and a visible face. But the revolution has faded without changing anything for millions who are married too young and shut away in mud huts for the rest of their lives....
My Favorite Mistake: Mark Duplass
The writer-director-actor on ripping off Rocky. In the late '90s, when I was 19 and my brother, Jay, was 22, we thought we were hot shit because we had made a couple hundred thousand dollars filming a bad corporate documentary for a now defunct...
Not a Good Week for Speech
Byline: Tunku Varadarajan 'don't speak' Anyone reading the Nobel Prize acceptance lecture of this year's literature laureate could be forgiven for thinking that the writer is a bit of a mush-pot, so full is it of tear-jerking, almost schmaltzy...
Tarantino Lets Loose
Byline: Allison Samuels How he's shattering a genre with Django Unchained. Good friends can talk about anything, and for director Quentin Tarantino and producer/director Reginald Hudlin, anything usually included long, good-natured chats about...
Tea Party Patriot: Jenny Beth Martin
Byline: Michelle Cottle The grassroots right, spoiling for a fight. it's barely 8 a.m. and already Jenny Beth Martin sounds both exhausted and outraged. Cofounder of Tea Party Patriots, the largest of the movement's organizations, Martin is spending...
The Art World's Spending Spree
Byline: Blake Gopnik The rich keep spending millionsand driving up prices. But what happens when the bubble bursts? What sound does a bubble make just before it bursts? We heard it last week at the Art Basel fair in Miami, where the rich flock...
The Big Tax Smackdown
Byline: David Frum The GOP has ideas. If only they could rise above the political din. The fiscal-cliff negotiations are driven by politics, and not very inspiring politics at that. The reelected president wants to bend congressional Republicans...
The Myths of Jesus
Byline: Bart D. Ehrman A recent papyrus that referenced Jesus' wife caused an Uproar. it may be a hoax, but what do we really know about the historical truth ofthe early life of jesus? Even the gospels disagree. This past September, Harvard University...
The Pasta Crisis
Byline: Mark Hertsgaard Temperatures are rising. Rainfalls are shifting. Droughts are intensifying. What will we eat when wheat won't grow? A world without pasta seems inconceivable. Mac-and-cheese-loving children across the United States would...
The War on Christmas Is Over
Byline: David Sessions Christmas won. jon Stewart recently introduced his annual skewering of the "war on Christmas" with a montage of Fox News personalities breathlessly reporting the latest outrages against the holiday's religious origins....
Washington's Deceptions
Byline: Paul Begala 'Reform' taxes? 'Fix' Medicare? Yeah, right. "Political speech and writing," George Orwell wrote in a biting and brilliant critique, "are largely the defense of the indefensible." The most political of writers bemoaned the...
What Fred Said
Byline: Matthew DeLuca A longtime veteran of Saturday Night Live, Armisen sounds off on the return of his IFC show Portlandia and mimicking Penny Marshall. Today [Dec. 4] is your birthday. What will you be doing? Working. I just work all the...
Why Obama Will Ignore Israel
Byline: Peter Beinart The administration's new Mideast strategy: benign neglect. The last week of November 2012 was a big one on the Israeli-Palestinian front. On the 65th anniversary of the partition resolution that created a Jewish state, the...