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Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. It is the second-largest weekly magazine in the U.S., having played second fiddle to TIME during its entire career except for brief moments when its advertising revenues were somewhat greater. Its circulation puts it ahead of U.S. News & World Report, however. Of the three magazines, Newsweek is generally regarded as being more liberal than Time in its outlook, while U.S. News is considered somewhat conservative.

Originally called News-Week, it was founded by Thomas J.C. Martyn on February 17, 1933. That issue featured seven photographs from the week's news on the cover. In 1937, Malcolm Muir took over as president and editor-in-chief. Muir changed the name to Newsweek, emphasized more interpretative stories, introduced signed columns, and international editions. Over time it has developed a full spectrum of news-magazine material, from breaking stories to analysis to reviews and commentary. The magazine was bought by the Washington Post Company in 1961.

As of 2003, worldwide circulation is more than 4 million, including 3.1 million in the U.S. It also publishes editions in Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic, as well as an English language Newsweek International.

Based in New York City, it had 17 bureaus as of 2005: 9 in the U.S. in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Washington, Detroit, Boston and San Francisco, as well as overseas in Beijing, Cape Town, Jerusalem, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo.

Guantnamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations

In the May 9, 2005 issue of Newsweek, an article by reporter Michael Isikoff stated that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay "in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a Qur'an down a toilet." Detainees had earlier made similar complaints but this was the first time a government source had appeared to confirm the story. The news was purported to be a cause of widespread rioting and massive anti-American protests throughout some parts of the Islamic world (causing at least 15 deaths in Afghanistan). The magazine later revealed that the anonymous source behind the allegation could not confirm that the book-flushing was actually under investigation, and retracted the story under heavy criticism. Ironically, similar descration by U.S. personnel was more or less confirmed by the U.S. a month later.

See Desecration of the Qur'an at Guantnamo Bay and Qur'an desecration.

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