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    Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover Flops

    Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover Flops

    This isn’t going over so well.

    When I was a teenager, I used to wait anxiously for my issue of Tiger Beat to arrive (yes, I’m ashamed to admit that).  I think some folks have it right – this Rolling Stone cover is more like Tiger Beat with a mix of Newsweek desperation.

    Jim Geraghty nails it.

    Apparently there were supposed to be some new revelations in the cover story. If so, they ruined it with the actual cover.

    At least the #FreeJahar hashtag will be interesting to read.

    UPDATE 7/17 at 3:00 pm ET:  Rolling Stone editors have included the following statement above the full article.

    Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.   –THE EDITORS

    In addition, CVS and Tedeschi Food Shops have each published statements that they have decided not to sell the issue in their stores.

    Add Walgreens to that list.

    Boston Mayor Tom Menino also penned a stern letter to Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone.


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    rick67 | July 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I’m from Massachusetts and keep in touch with some high school classmates via Fb. Most of the time they are li-ber-al and can be quite ugly about it. On this occasion they are cancelling subscriptions and even subscriptions to other magazines by same company. When you’ve angered Massachusetts liberals…

    ThomasD | July 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Remember when RS had that dreamy looking photo of Tim McVeigh (he blew up little children too) on the cover?

    No, didn’t think so.

    gasper | July 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    RS will make up for it in the next issue by putting a pic of Trayvon Martin on the cover. That should get rave reviews from the left. They do have odd standards.

    So in other words, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?”

    Henry Hawkins | July 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Rolling Stone’s prime demo (youth, generally) increasingly doesn’t read dead tree magazines. As circulation goes down, so does ad revenue. Few paper-based mags and rags are successfully making the jump to full online and pay walls are generally detested. Paper magazines and newspapers are dying on the vine financially.

    Expect all dead tree based publications to make these silly attempts at sales-by-ginning-up-outrage.

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