Rolling Stone Defends Glamorizing Boston Bomber – “Cover Falls Within Traditions of Journalism”
Next month’s cover – The Beheader (Jihad Watch)
Rolling Stone defended itself over the selection of terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.
USA Today reported:
Rolling Stone, hit by a storm of criticism and boycotts over its cover treatment and glam photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, defended itself Wednesday, saying it was within its tradition of “serious and thoughtful coverage” of important cultural and political issues.
Readers, particularly from the Boston area, slammed the magazine on its Facebook page, charging that the cover treatment turns the accused killer into a “rock star.”
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner accusing the magazine of offering Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” and calling the cover “ill-conceived, at best,” in that it supports the “terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their ’causes.'”
The letter calls the cover an obvious marketing strategy and concludes: “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”
Walgreens, the CVS pharmacy chain, Roche Bros. groceries, Cumberrland Farms convenience stores and Massachusetts-based Tedeschi convenience stores said they are refusing to sell copies of the magazine, which goes on sale Friday.
Rolling Stone insisted their cover “falls within the traditions of journalism.”