- Category: U.S.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 21:00
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
Rolling Stone Magazine has generated outrage across the country after featuring Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its latest issue. Some believe the magazine’s cover represents a new ideological threat on American soil.
The accompanying title of the photo on the cover of the August issue states: "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."
Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, says the music and entertainment magazine was clearly seeking to make news by glamorizing terrorism.
Graham speculated that the shameful cover is an attempt to young down the magazine’s aging readership.
A new Facebook page has been created by angry protestors, titled “Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine For Their Latest Cover.” By Wednesday afternoon the page had generated over 75,000 “likes.”
In a written statement the CVS pharmacy chain confirmed it won't be selling the August issue.
"As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones," the statement reads.
Walgreens and Stop & Shop have also chosen not to sell the controversial issue.
The magazine released a statement of its own following the widespread anger:
"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."
Bostonians are especially outraged. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, expressed his concern through a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, calling the cover "ill-conceived, at best."
"The cover "re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their causes," he wrote.