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. 161, No. 42, November 22

America's Fukushima?
Byline: Alexander Nazaryan At Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery in Richland, Wash., you can feast on a "Reactor Core" pizza, made with "spicy nuclear butter," wash it down with a Half-Life Hefeweizen or an Atomic Amber, and finish your meal with Plutonium...
Audubon. John James Audubon
Byline: Alexander Nazaryan It's easy to slip into hyperbole when looking at John James Audubon's The Birds of America. Is it the most beautiful book ever produced? I don't know: Was Helen the most beautiful woman in ancient Greece? The Gutenberg...
Divorce, Doggy Style
Byline: Katya Cengel They did everything together. When Aleksandra Nejman cruised around Chicago in her convertible, Frankie rode shotgun. When she ate at a local Italian restaurant, Frankie went with her. And when she worked on her computer at...
Flight Plan
Byline: Anna Bernasek American Airlines and US Airways are about to merge and become the largest airline in the world. The combined company expects to generate an additional $1 billion a year starting in 2015, over and above the profits they would...
Gadget Lust: Power of the Press
Byline: Marissa Rothkopf Bates For some coffee is a necessity. For others an obsession. For the users of the Aeropress, it appears to be a necessary obsession. The Aeropress, which has been around since 2006, has been the caffeine-delivery darling...
Hut Couture
Byline: John Walters "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." - Rachel Zoe The University of Oregon has played 10 college football games this season clad in 10 different uniforms - one ensemble involved black pants and jerseys...
Kentucky's Political Derby
Byline: Pema Levy When the rollout of President Obama's Affordable Care Act turned disastrous, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate, might be excused for suspecting divine intervention. Fighting for his political life - and the...
Lara Logan's Mystery Man
Byline: Jeff Stein Nobody at 60 Minutes has been fired or even publicly disciplined for its odd, inflammatory and dead-wrong November 10 story on the Islamist assault in Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans....
Muzzling the Freedom of Information Act
Byline: avid Cay Johnston The federal government is making it increasingly difficult, and prohibitively expensive, for journalists to get files that agencies want to keep secret, despite President Obama's pledge of transparency. That's bad news...
Putin's Tug of Love
Byline: Benny Avni By Thursday, Russia was odds on favorite to win a tug of love it has conducted for weeks with the European Union. The former Soviet Republic of Ukraine is giving increasingly strong indications it will forgo a pact that would...
Rock Meets Hard Place
Byline: Pema Levy Last week, John Boehner, the Republican House Speaker, was sitting down to breakfast at Pete's Diner, his regular Capitol Hill haunt, when two teen immigration-reform activists, video camera running, interrupted his morning routine....
Some Art's Painful by Design
Byline: Abigail Jones It's almost unfathomable: A naked man - pale and wiry, his head shaved - sits silently with his scrotum nailed to the cobblestones in Moscow's Red Square. With his legs spread, knees cocked and arms stretched behind him, he...
Syria's Bloodshed Engulfs Beirut
Byline: Janine di Giovanni The streets of Hamra, a busy Beirut district, are packed on Thursday nights. It's the start of the Middle Eastern weekend, the time when friends meet at the cafes and coffee shops to celebrate the end of the workweek....
The Killer Stalking Wall Street
Byline: Leah McGrath Goodman With the Dow registering an all-time high and the stock market crash of the fall of 2008 fast retreating in the rearview mirror, a new normal has descended on Wall Street. As business perks up a fresh spring is in the...
The Unnatural Death of 'Natural'
Byline: Matthew Mientka Unlikely as it may seem, there's hope for the word natural. In recent years, marketers who create copy for grocery-aisle packaging have turned the once respectable adjective into a term as meaningless as low-fat or new -...
The Wet Cure
Byline: John Ericson Could hangovers soon be a thing of the past? The answer is yes - if you believe David Nutt, the Edmond J. Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. Writing for The Guardian, he says five newly discovered...
Time-Travel Tourism
Byline: Michelle FlorCruz In the spring of 1995, a small group of foreign journalists based in China packed their bags and jetted off for a rare trip to North Korea, a nation even more isolated at the time than it is now. Among them was my father,...
Tragic Kingdom
Byline: Tracey Harrington McCoy On October 10, 19-year-old Amanda Smith fell to the ground in respiratory arrest less than two hours after entering Disneyland. Amanda is a regular visitor to the park - her mother, Debbie, takes her as often as possible....
Why Naked Selfies Are Bad News for Facebook
Byline: Kevin Maney At the end of the 21st century, historians will no doubt look back at today's profligate sharing of our private lives as a crazy fad - an odd blip in normal human activity, like Colonial powdered wigs or post-Animal House toga...