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September 29, 2008 |
Osborn Elliott, the editor who led Newsweek magazine for 16 years and transformed it into a potent rival of Time with enterprising journalism that captured the turmoil of the 1960s, died Sunday at his home in New York of complications from cancer, the magazine announced. He was 83. During his tenure as Newsweek's editor, from 1961 to 1976, the magazine's circulation doubled, to 3 million, narrowing Time's lead. Time's circulation this year is 3.4 million, compared with 2.
July 29, 2008 |
Half of Tim Russert's job has been filled. NBC News announced Monday that Mark Whitaker, a former Newsweek editor who joined the news division as its No. 2 executive last year, would replace Russert as Washington bureau chief. "Mark's got all of the components that will assure his success -- a commitment to journalistic integrity, political savvy, a keen eye for the future, and a management style that is inclusive and fair," NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement. "He is exactly what the bureau needs."
April 22, 2007 |
OF LATE, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ridden the green wave to national -- even global -- prominence. He has received fawning media coverage -- landing on the covers of Newsweek and Outside -- as he travels the nation calling for tougher controls on carbon emissions to slow global warming. In a New York speech, he scolded Detroit automakers for challenging California's stricter car-emissions standards, and in Washington, he preached that environmentalism is "hip."
September 6, 2006 |
After being named editor of Newsweek on Tuesday, Jon Meacham said America's second-largest newsmagazine needed to produce unique stories and expand its long-form storytelling to strengthen its position in an increasingly competitive media environment. The 37-year-old Newsweek managing editor will take the top job early next month, at a time when the magazine is fighting to bolster relatively stagnant advertising and circulation.
June 3, 2006 |
IT WAS THE FACTOID heard 'round the world. Twenty years ago, Newsweek ran a cover story saying that a 40-year-old single woman was more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to find a husband. Citing the findings of a Harvard-Yale study, the article effectively told a lot of women that they should start adopting cats now. The figures (like most headline-making numbers, applied to white, college-educated types) were these: A 30-year-old single woman stood a 20% chance of ever getting married.
March 27, 2006 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reportedly told an overseas audience this month that the U.S. Constitution did not protect foreigners held at America's military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Scalia also told the audience at the University of Freiberg in Switzerland that he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to the prison, said this week's issue of Newsweek. The comments came weeks before justices were to take up an appeal from a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
July 11, 2005 |
Top White House advisor Karl Rove was one of the secret sources who spoke to reporters about a covert CIA operative whose identity was leaked to the media, Newsweek magazine reported in its latest edition. The magazine said Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove talked to a Time magazine reporter about former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame.
May 28, 2005 |
In 1209, during the infamous crusade against the Albigensians of the Languedoc, the Catholic bishop of Beziers refused to surrender the heretics who had taken refuge in his city. When the town was taken, the victorious commander asked the papal representative how his troops could tell the faithful from the heretics. "Kill them all," the abbot replied, "for the Lord will know his own."
May 23, 2005 |
Newsweek has adopted new policies for the use of anonymous sources, a week after retracting a report that claimed investigators had found evidence the Koran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a letter to readers appearing in today's edition, Richard M. Smith, Newsweek chairman and editor in chief, apologized for the report and said the magazine was raising its standards for anonymous sourcing.
May 21, 2005 |
Muslim protesters burned, spat on and urinated on a U.S. flag in eastern India, accusing Americans of desecrating the Koran as anger persisted despite the retraction of a Newsweek magazine report that the holy book had been flushed down a toilet in the U.S.-run jail at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About 200 demonstrators in Calcutta chanted slogans against President Bush and the United States. Thousands also took to the streets in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu and in the Palestinian territories.