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I'll delete if one of our good writers covers this. I have nothing but an unformed mass of hurt and confusion about Rolling Stone placing Tsarnaev--sexy rock star--on its new cover. This would be like putting Zimmerman on Time's "Person of the Year" issue, especially for the victims.

6:02 PM PT: The point of my diary is not that there is a pretty good story in Rolling Stone, but giving him the coverboy photo. RS does great work. The cover photo carries a great deal of weight, and I think you'd be disingenuous to pretend you don't know that.

7:52 PM PT: I apologize for not highlighting the story itself, but it wasn't the topic I was writing about. Here's the sneak preview, and I'm sure it will be a worthy exposé:

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

    by jeff in nyc on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:47:09 PM PDT

  •  Rolling Stone calls him a "monster" (0+ / 0-)

    not a "rock star".

  •  Gonna buy 5 copies for my mother.... (3+ / 0-)
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    badscience, Catte Nappe, SoCaliana

  •  Some formatting (6+ / 0-)

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Covers New Issue Of Rolling Stone

    The story hasn’t been posted online yet, but reaction to the cover image on social media has been swift and critical — from the #tcots and #freejahar crowd alike.
    Series of tweets suggest that this wasn't the BRIGHTEST idea....
    Ridiculously irresponsible, tacky as FUCK, and 100% disrespectful to victims and their families. Shame on you @RollingStone.
  •  This is what bumped Stillwater from the cover? (1+ / 0-)
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    Was looking forward to seeing William Miller's thinkpiece about a mid-level band struggling with their own limitations in the harsh face of stardom.

  •  This is a very familiar debate (1+ / 0-)
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    jeff in nyc

    Our local paper (Dallas Morning News) does an annual "Texan of the Year".  Thing is, they repeatedly say whoever is selected (individual or group) has had the most impact. For good or ill. Not that it is in honor, or award, or recognition of a positive contribution - just that they had the most significant impact over the past year.

    So, how does RS decide cover placement? Is it an honor or statement of editorial approbation? Or is it the most noteworthy/newsworthy topic of the issue?

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:18:21 PM PDT

  •  My best friend was at the exact location of the (5+ / 0-)

    second bomb, but unbeknownst to me her son had run a fast time so they'd left before the bomb went off. I didn't know that so spent an hour wondering if she and her family were among the dead. I was locked down for most of the next day too, but I didn't care about that at all.

    Of course, I was much less directly effected by DT's actions with his brother than hundreds if not thousands of others. I don't personally know any of the wounded or injured. But when I saw this cover I got a pang in my stomach even still. It does glorify this terrorist that hurt so many people so callously.

    The content of the article looks interesting. Its interesting journalism to learn what happened to turn what seems like a decent kid into someone who did not care about killing innocent people.

    But to glamorize him by putting him on the cover is a SLEAZY thing to do-and they of course picked the most attractive picture of him that is out there. They should have put pictures of the marathon or the killed or injured on the cover. Or no picture at all, just words in a box. I know it was to sell magazines but it pisses me off. THere already is a "free Johar" movement apparently, mostly young girls because he is "cute". They showed up at the courthouse in the citizens gallery, taking up spots that people who were witnesses and almost got hurt could have gotten. He directly threatened the well being of thousands of people who had "but for the grace of God go I" experiences.
    They are causing a lot of hurt in Boston today. It's all over Facebook.

  •  I smell a big fat smelly rat (2+ / 0-)
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    rbird, jeff in nyc

    Not with the diarist, but the subject actors here, in this case, the magazine. Why would they want to shoot their cred in the foot by creating controversy about such a wounding, bloody attack on our soil? Because you know this cover will do just that. And Rolling Stone doesn't need "sensationalism" like this to sell magazines. They brought down a freakin' General of our Military.  

    Meanwhile, in other Rolling Stone news,

    Hastings’ friend and confidant SSgt. Joe Biggs disclosed a macabre twist in the award-winning journalist’s death in a suspicious single-car accident. According to SSgt. Biggs, “Michael Hastings’ body was returned to Vermont in an urn.” He further alleged, “Family members did not want Michael’s body cremated.”
    Take that with a grain or two, I'm not endorsing it or saying it's bullshit. What it is is current broadcast TV media/website information running in a mid-sized American market right now. So it's getting eyeballs from Those Who Get Their "News" From TV, at least in California.

    What does this have to do with this cover? Unbelievable, raw controversy that's gonna piss off a lot of people and, well, maybe shoot RS's cred in the foot. Really? Really? Tsarnaev on their cover, looking like a rock-star?

    Whoa...the mind reels...


    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:32:14 PM PDT

    •  This reminds me that it may not universally (3+ / 0-)
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      rbird, jan4insight, Mathazar

      Be known that journalists who actually write big stories usually have no input on cover photos or even headlines.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:53:33 PM PDT

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    •  An explanation is certainly in order, though it (0+ / 0-)

      May be simple dbaggery from an editor, baiting outrage...and it certainly will succeed.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 07:58:39 PM PDT

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      •  If it's what my Bullshit Detector is smelling (0+ / 0-)

        that's not gonna happen.

        An explanation is certainly in order

        This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

        by lunachickie on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 08:02:10 PM PDT

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        •  Do you suspect internal sabotage? Trying to (0+ / 0-)

          Read between the lines...

          “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

          by jeff in nyc on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 08:06:43 PM PDT

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          •  Nah (0+ / 0-)

            any old stink bomb will do, but it has to be big enough to damage the real cred that RS has when it comes to investigative journalism. In case you hadn't noticed lately, there's not a lot of that left in the US. what with all the secrecy and wiretapping and documented threatening of journos with contempt of court and God knows what other what-not going on.

            I just have to wonder what other kind of incentive there might be to run such a cover. It couldn't be JUST about dollars and cents and moving newsstand copy--they've been around too long and they've been hitting the mark too much in the last decade or so to take a chance in alienating their core readers. This is just so out-of-left-field stupid for a magazine of this caliber. They have to know it's going to piss people off. WHY?

            I freely admit to simply trying to connect dots at this point, I don't know a damn thing. But there is something about this nutty cover idea on their part that just don't pass the old smell test.

            This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

            by lunachickie on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 09:32:35 PM PDT

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  •  It's part of our culture, unfortunately (1+ / 0-)
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    jeff in nyc

    We glamorize violence and those who perpetrate it.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:43:16 PM PDT

  •  Didn't he shoot half his mouth off? (0+ / 0-)

    Bet he doesn't look so dreamy anymore.

  •  Gonna See My Picture on the Cover (0+ / 0-)

    Gonna buy five copies for my mother.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:00:23 PM PDT

  •  Innocent until proven guilty? (0+ / 0-)

    Not on dkos or the tellLIEvision. This audience convicted him before he was even arrested. Truthseekers are out there--- and they are not all tweens-- and are exposing some interesting facts which contradict the msm/dkos version but..... you won't see them here!

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