Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Newsweek was founded by Thomas J. C. Martyn in 1933, as a weekly magazine headquartered in New York City. Today, Newsweek is a news magazine and website, which covers news and analysis, international issues, technology, business, culture and politics. Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961 and eventually sold to audio magnate Sidney Harman in 2010. The Daily Beast and Newsweek then merged in a joint venture and was named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which lasted for 2 years.
In 2013, Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis acquired Newsweek and IBT Media, re-branding itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017. Newsweek Media Group also owns the Latin Times and Medical Daily. Recently, it is been reported by Newsweek that Etienne Uzac, co-owner of Newsweek Media Group and Marion Kim, the company’s finance director, both stepped down due to a long-term financial fraud probe.
Currently, the editor of Newsweek is Nancy Cooper.
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Funded by / Ownership
Newsweek is owned by Newsweek Media Group, with Dev Pragad serving as Chief Executive Officer. Newsweek is funded through a paid subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Newsweek Frequently uses emotionally loaded headlines such as this: TRUMP DISLIKED AS STRONGLY AS NIXON WAS BEFORE WATERGATE: POLL. Generally, story selection favors the Left and Newsweek takes a strong anti-Trump stance. Newsweek typically sources their information to credible sources such as the Washington Post, but has also published misleading or false information.
A factual search reveals multiple failed fact checks:
Overall, we rate Newsweek Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to multiple failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers. (5/18/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 9/06/2019)