Rolling Stone’s decision to put Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover has ignited a an outrage across the web. The magazine is drawing harsh criticism that it glorifies the alleged bomber. Your thoughts?
New York (CNN) — Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s face on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone sparked a backlash against the magazine in social media and in boardrooms around the country.
“THE BOMBER,” the cover reads. “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”
The photo of a tousle-haired, thinly goateed Tsarnaev is one the suspect posted online himself and has been picked up by other outlets.
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Rolling Stone magazine has responded to the controversy it ignited by putting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue, stating that the decision to feature Tsarnaev is in line with the magazine’s “long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of important political and cultural issues.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families,” the magazine’s editors said in a statement. “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.”