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Old 07-17-2013, 05:05 PM
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The latest issue of Rolling Stone that hits newsstands this Friday will feature Boston bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover in a glamour shot reminiscent of Jim Morrison and other music icons that once graced the coveted liberal magazine spot.

This decision has obviously sparked outrage among many and already leading to boycotts of the magazine with both readers and vendors who say they will not sell the issue. Opponents of this move to put a terrorist on the cover say it glamorizes Tsarnaev while Rolling Stone defends their action by stating because he is the same age as many of their readers it's important to understand how he became a radical Islamic monster.

What's your take? Did Rolling Stone cross the line or can this become an educational tool?

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Rolling Stone magazine is drawing fire for putting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, in a glam shot that critics say continues to blur the line between fame and infamy.

The picture, which accompanies a story titled "Jahar's World," shows the accused murderer with his long, curly hair tousled and the hint of a goatee, reminiscent of the magazine's iconic shots of rock 'n' roll royalty like The Doors' Jim Morrison. The cover could send a dangerous message to Tsarnaev's warped supporters, according to one critic.

"If they want to become famous, kill somebody," Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin told MyFoxBoston.com.

The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, depicts an unsmiling Tsarnaev, 19, above a boldface headline, "The Bomber." The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a “popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster."
Rolling Stone blasted for giving rock star treatment to accused Boston bomber | Fox News

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:17 PM
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Rolling Stone defends their action by stating because he is the same age as many of their readers it's important to understand how he became a radical Islamic monster.
That's a good reason for an ARTICLE...

That's NOT a good reason for a cover shot...
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Recall shortly after the bombing I commented on the OA attempting to minimize the attack as not being terrorism. It happened.

Now the Rolling Stone does its part glamorizing the bomber with a star shot cover photo and cover text absolving the young man from responsibility. It has taken more than 3 years for the Ft Hood shooter's trial to begin. Expect the Boston bomber trial to be delayed even longer.
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Boston Mayor Tom Menrino responds...

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“Your August 3 cover rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment. It is ill-conceived, at best, and re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their ’causes.’ There may be valuable journalism behind your sensational treatment, though we can’t know because almost all you released is the cover.

To respond to you in anger is to feed into your obvious marketing strategy. So, I write to you instead to put the focus where you could have: on the brave and strong survivors and on the thousands of people – their family and friends, volunteers, first responders, doctors, nurses and donors – who have come to their side. Among those we lost, those who survived, and those who help carry them forward, there are artists and musicians and dancers and writers. They have dreams and plans. They struggle and strive. The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”
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Problem is young people are impressionable and he has a following of supporters.
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While I understand their reasons for wanting to do a prominent article, putting the title of that article on the cover would have been sufficient. What they did plays into one of the reasons suicide bombers do it: martyrdom, fame, reward. Now the terrorist training camps can hold up an issue of the Rolling Stone and say "You can be famous and be on the cover of international magazines if you go kill people too!" It's another aid in their propaganda machine and it just seems to me that anyone there who would have done any research at all into the mindset of many terrorists would have known that.

I won't boycott the magazine, but I think whoever made the decision to put him on the cover was a ****ing idiot.
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I won't boycott the magazine, but I think whoever made the decision to put him on the cover was a ****ing idiot.
Although I agree with your conclusions, I don't think there's a thread on this forum you participated in where you have NOT declared someone as "a ****ing idiot" somehere down the line...
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Although I agree with your conclusions, I don't think there's a thread on this forum you participated in where you have NOT declared someone as "a ****ing idiot" somehere down the line...
This forum is about politics. Politics is full of ****ing idiots. It's not my fault.
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This forum is about politics. Politics is full of ****ing idiots. It's not my fault.
Welcome to another edition of "Whose the ****ing idiot????...Now here's your host....rivrrat!!!"...
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Welcome to another edition of "Whose the ****ing idiot????...Now here's your host....rivrrat!!!"...
Yes! See, that's what I'm talkin' about
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