Rolling Stone on Tsarnaev: We must examine the complexities since he’s in the same age group as many of our readers

posted at 8:01 pm on July 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

As someone joked on Twitter: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in his sixties?

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

Boston Mayor Tom Menino released this earlier:

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Using Tsarnaev’s teen-dream selfie instead of something less flattering was in terribly bad taste, but look — they call him a “monster” right there on the cover, which is why the “Jaharem” is so irritated with RS too. I haven’t read the cover story yet but I’m not seeing any outrage about it on social media. it appears to be a fairly standard “how did the homegrown jihadi become a jihadi?” investigative piece of the sort that the NYT and Boston Globe were running after he was captured. In fact, Erik Wemple notes that this very same photo appeared on page one of the Times back in early May without making a blip on the public radar. Why the ferocious pushback against Rolling Stone, then? Says Wemple:

It’s utterly inscrutable and unpredictable. Timing, presentation, mood, photo-cropping, differing perceptions of the role of these two publications — they all play a role in explaining why today we have a baseless explosion of public outrage and had very little reaction back in May.

“Role” is the key. This is a simplification since RS does do real journalism, but the Times is essentially an organ for reporting news and Rolling Stone — or at least the cover of Rolling Stone — is essentially an organ for manufacturing pop-culture icons. Even now, with the magazine projecting a fraction of the influence it used to, landing the cover is a major benediction of celebrity status. (Ahem.) The editors must have brain damage if they didn’t realize that placing a flattering self-taken photo of this degenerate into that cultural context wouldn’t rub people the wrong way, especially with the “Free Jahar” idiots running around insisting that someone this dreamy can’t possibly be guilty. On top of that, I think maybe RS is suffering today for its own, and the wider media’s, previous sins in being a bit too flirty with radical chic. I don’t think they’re trying to glorify Tsarnaev, but I also don’t blame anyone who’s not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. How many thousand “root causes” apologias have you read over the past 10 years? How many stupid media tributes to transgression for transgression’s sake have you been forced to digest? If there’s an overreaction today, it may simply be an eruption of frustration from the cumulative effect of underreaction to earlier wrongs. Maybe this will make them, and other pubs, think twice about playing footsie with the more malignant elements of the counterculture going forward.


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Yeah, and you can send away for your own Bomb Making Kit the advertisement is in the back of Rolling Stone…What a joke they have all become!

Tbone McGraw on July 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Rolling Stone on Tsarnaev: We must examine the complexities since he’s in the same age group as many of our readers

Which, from the few times in the last 10 years I’ve read any thing in your rag, happily coincides with the IQ of your readers….

And apparently, your writers and editors..

BigWyo on July 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

This is exactly the same thing as Rolling Stone putting a flattering picture on their cover of a racist who just bombed a black church.

jaime on July 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

the Times is essentially an organ for reporting news

God, you’re adorable.

Ronnie on July 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

****************** NUTS ***********************!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

RS has been panned from everyone from Tommy Lee to Draiman to John Rich.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Apparently the people at Rolling Stone didn’t pay enough protection money donate enough to obozo’s campaign’s.

Flange on July 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

That is a freaking islamist killer on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Not cool, dude! Not cool at all.

Rolling Stone is more like Rolling Turd.

It’s pretty simple really. Not complex at all.

Sherman1864 on July 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Because we’re all about complex terrorist wankers at Rolling Stone

Dig It…

workingclass artist on July 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Tsarnaev plays really loud music…
Loud enough to blow your eardrums…
Among other things..

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

It seems many of those setting the tone in pop culture have truly popped their corks.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I had to stop subscribing to Rolling Stone 21 years ago.

I haven’t looked back.

22044 on July 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Lets do

a reversal…………………..

General Stanley McChrystal: The Runaway General … – Rolling Stone
===================================================================


Rolling Stones: The Runaway Magazine … – Rolling Stone

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Someone had to do it.

Curtiss on July 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Using Tsarnaev’s teen-dream selfie instead of something less flattering was in terribly bad taste, but look — they call him a “monster” right there on the cover, which is why the “Jaharem” is so irritated with RS too.

This is not the point; the point is for RS to stir up a faux controversy to sell some magazines and hopefully increase ad revenues. We’re all cheapened even by participating in this conversation. :(

cynccook on July 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Significant numbers of people are not likely to read journalism today unless it is advocacy or adversary.

“long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage” sorry just have to snicker.

This applies to internet as well as print. Print is just on the cutting edge of lunging after the dwindling profits.

*Shrug*

Rolling Stone is lunging em, long-standing.

RushBaby on July 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

“The Bomber” because we must examine the complexities?

Fair enough. I look forward to examining the complexities of “The Child Abuser” or “The Rapist” or “The Militant Black Separatist” as well as “The Terrorist.”

Certainly there are enough complexities worth examining in these, as well.

trapeze on July 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Tsarnaev plays really loud music…
Loud enough to blow your eardrums…
Among other things..

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Elctrongod:—:O

D*mmitt,I’ve got Black Sabbath cranked up,…..*go’s
upstairs,open front door,looks for a FBI Rendition Unit*!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Xn8wvC02k

(snark)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Next sharknado should hit the offices of RS.

rbj on July 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

D*mmitt,I’ve got Black Sabbath cranked up,…..*go’s
upstairs,open front door,looks for a FBI Rendition Unit*!

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

You’re Paranoid…:)

Electrongod on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I’m worried that this cover creates unrealistic beauty standards for terrorists.

Ars Moriendi on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I don’t think they’re trying to glorify Tsarnaev, but I also don’t blame anyone who’s not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

I don’t think it’s glorification of the acts so much as the face (remembering how I gasped at the sheer physical beauty of the younger terrorist after the first pictures of him and his ug-mo brother surfaced). Inexcusable and cynical ploy to resuscitate RS’s moribund “edginess”. I hope there is only sound, fury, and no sales.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev *is* handsome. I fail to see what value there is in pretending otherwise.

Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

So was serial woman killer, Ted Bundy. Marcotte is the radical feminist, who supported Kermit Gosnell.

Only a ‘feminist’ thinks with her ‘lady parts.’

Swoon.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

On top of that, I think maybe RS is suffering today for its own, and the wider media’s, previous sins in being a bit too flirty with radical chic. I don’t think they’re trying to glorify Tsarnaev, but I also don’t blame anyone who’s not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

.In these times of declining journalistic standards, when even supposed conservative bloggers are parroting the liberal narrative, giving the Wehner family ANY journalistic credibility is a further debasement of what used to be an honorable profession …

… but is now more and more functioning as the oldest profession.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I don’t know anyone who reads rolling stone. Much less anyone who subscribes. Guess I’m not old enough.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

So I’m thinking:

Phone call from the WH,to StonesRolling…..

……..we need a Distraction!!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

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

I believe this is known as “a pantload” what drivel.

JusDreamin on July 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev *is* handsome. I fail to see what value there is in pretending otherwise.
Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

Not in profile. The schnozzola on that bastard is enormous and very ugly. Rolling Stone would never publish a pic of him from the side on their cover.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

So was serial woman killer, Ted Bundy. Marcotte is the radical feminist, who supported Kermit Gosnell.

Only a ‘feminist’ thinks with her ‘lady parts.’

Swoon.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Resist We Much:Ugh,……we need a new planet!:O

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

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

It’s NOT complex at all Rolling Stone. The tragedy happened because the United States has a failed open-door immigration policy liberals love. No one even attempts to profane the necessity to assimilate—BECOME AMERICANS. This one single action by these two brothers should eliminate any consideration of entry into this country from the entire region they came from. Period. Reagan or Bush would have already tracked down these teachers of terrorism and had them “loudly” exterminated. Obama, and his liberal contingency think we should welcome them with open arms—with the delusional expectation that they will change. In today’s world this is not a reality.

Rovin on July 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev *is* handsome. I fail to see what value there is in pretending otherwise.
Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

She wouldn’t fawn that much if he had been at a Tea Party rally holding an anti-tax sign. He’d be just be another poor kid brainwashed by his radical right-wing extremist parents who should be put in foster care for his own good.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Rolling Stone:My son’s also 19. He’s not a killer. He will never be a killer Most 19 year olds aren’t killers. They also will never be killers.
‘Complexities’ my a**!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

If there’s an overreaction today, it may simply be an eruption of frustration from the cumulative effect of under-reaction to earlier wrongs. Maybe this will make them, and other pubs, think twice about playing footsie with the more malignant elements of the counterculture going forward.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Snort, Gag, Chortle.
Yeah, no, it wont.

Sacramento on July 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Well … let’s try the link one more time

In these times of declining journalistic standards, when even supposed conservative bloggers are parroting the liberal narrative, …

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

When I was 19-me and a few of my friends thought that Jeffery Dahmer was a cutie. We actually told people that.
We were self-centered idiots.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I’m worried that this cover creates unrealistic beauty standards for terrorists.

Ars Moriendi on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

LOL

Barred on July 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

As they pointed out on Twitchy, the ads in Rolling Stone are for things far too expensive for your average 20-something not named Kardashian. Like most of the Left, it’s Boomers ready for the glue factory pretending to be young.

Sekhmet on July 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I gasped at the sheer physical beauty of the younger terrorist

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

How could I forget to mention the distinctly photogenic properties of heroes in the adversary / advocacy media these days….:

Cute batterer in Florida (in years-old photo).
Cute terrorist in Boston (if you like twinks, and today’s culture loves teh twinks).
Cute baby who needs a lung.

Message: Get blessed with the photogenic gene, we’ll call it the “PX” gene, and you are selected by the apparatchiks for the modern American propaganda sausage machine. It is nothing less than ghoulish.

RushBaby on July 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

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

Apparently, the first part isn’t true. The second part may be but serious and thoughtful coverage where you call somebody a monster probably should have a picture of the carnage caused with a tiny little inset of not-the-speed bump in prison orange. RS published a glamour shot that probably came from social media somewhere.

In short what disgusts me is not the story but the cover. Even though, I’m guessing the story itself will be wildly sympathetic about a 19-year-old led astray instead of the fact he put a bomb next to a child and walked away.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Rolling Stone on Tsarnaev: We must examine the complexities since he’s in the same age group as many of our readers

Obviously they have no clue just how moronic it sounds to look at a terrorist and compare him to their preferred market segments

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

……..we need a Distraction!!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The WH is now watching you…

OmahaConservative on July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I’m worried that this cover creates unrealistic beauty standards for terrorists.

Ars Moriendi on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Yeah, Squeaky Fromme used to be the standard but she wouldn’t make the cut these days. Of course, to be fair, publications used to use mug shots and not glamour shots.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I gasped at the sheer physical beauty of the younger terrorist

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

You’re weird.

You know who has less physical beauty now? The people that lost their legs. The child that lost his life. But don’t mind me. Go back to your bunk to be alone with your pics.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Who cares what they print, only a small fraction will (or even can) read.
It’s a postmodern icon, and it plays a calculated “role” in the Narrative, bet on it.

Kenosha Kid on July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Obviously they have no clue just how moronic it sounds to look at a terrorist and compare him to their preferred market segments

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I’m more interested in the reaction from that 19-year-old US Marine reading this drivel from a combat zone in Afghanistan. Part of the same age group fighting so that the United States doesn’t have more dreamy terrorists.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

RushBaby on July 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Sad but true. I started really started half-joking the phenomenon once the DC snipers were captured. Mr. Mohammed: Put to death, I predicted to my husband. Lee Boyd Malvo: Too cute. Life without parole.

Even when Ted Bundy got death, the judge nearly wept lauding the serial killer as a great “lawyer”.

Nidal Hasan? Yeech—Dead duck.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Can we please retire the phrase “benefit of the doubt”? Those to whom it refers have never given cause to earn it.

RedRedRice on July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

You’re weird. You know who has less physical beauty now? The people that lost their legs. The child that lost his life. But don’t mind me. Go back to your bunk to be alone with your pics.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

All right. I will attest to seeing the horror of all that transpired that day, then turn around and claim to not have eyes.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I enjoyed Dave Draiman’s epic rant on twitter this morning. And here I only thought that my love of Disturbed -Conflict was geared towards my enemy (Barky) but now I can also apply it to Rolling Stones.

BTW, if you listen to Conflict you must crank it up to 11. Ask Sophie she can confirm.

D-fusit on July 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The cover makes him out to be a victim! That is the problem, not the photograph.

They say his family failed him, as if to imply he was manipulated by his family against his better judgment and wishes.

And then say he “fell” into radical Islam as if it was totally by accident.

The cover blatantly portrays him as a victim and unwilling participant.

ButterflyDragon on July 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

…landing the cover is a major benediction of celebrity status. (Ahem.)

For a special edition cover of Rolling Stone, they can get Obama, Tsarnaev, and Zimmerman together in the Rose Garden to talk about racism. With Biden, of course.

JetBoy on July 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Rolling Stone on Tsarnaev: We must examine the complexities since he’s in the same age group as many of our readers

…and we all smoke the same schit!

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I haven’t even held a copy of RS in my hands since some time in the late 80s.

ddrintn on July 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

^ Wait a second, I think it was in the early 90s when they put out one of their “greatest albums of all time” things.

ddrintn on July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Covers What instrument did he play?

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I liked Blake’s idea, they should have had a photo of him setting by bomb down next to that child.

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

All right. I will attest to seeing the horror of all that transpired that day, then turn around and claim to not have eyes.
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

That’s the other thing that’s wrong with you, your eyes are clearly incapable of seeing the enormity of that bastard’s schnozzola. It is significantly out of proportion and ugly. Only a direct front pic that’s covering half his face with hair and “dreamy” lighting made this pic possible for rolling stone.

In fact, I’d say without this pic they wouldn’t have even run the story at all. Without this direct front pic he’s not getting on the cover of anything but a rhinoplasty mag with that monstrosity.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Entertainment rag little more.

Bmore on July 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Wait, they have readers?

myiq2xu on July 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

For a special edition cover of Rolling Stone, they can get Obama, Tsarnaev, and Zimmerman together in the Rose Garden to talk about racism. With Biden, of course.

JetBoy on July 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The First Annual White House Trayvon Martin Memorial Purple Drank Summit!

(I know, I know. I am very bad and I am already spanking myself.)

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Shouldn’t they have done a story about all the musicians righteous indignation over the Zimmerman trial outcome?

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

This is why it’s such a big deal:

We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

Back when the magazine really mattered, musicians saw appearing on the cover as a huge achievement. And the cache of “appearing on the cover of the rolling stone” has stayed with the magazine to this day. It’s synonymous with “making it.” People are reacting this way because a terrorist “made the cover of the rolling stone.” The glamour shot didn’t help.

Tom_Shipley on July 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

That’s the other thing that’s wrong with you, your eyes are clearly incapable of seeing the enormity of that bastard’s schnozzola. It is significantly out of proportion and ugly. Only a direct front pic that’s covering half his face with hair and “dreamy” lighting made this pic possible for rolling stone.

In fact, I’d say without this pic they wouldn’t have even run the story at all. Without this direct front pic he’s not getting on the cover of anything but a rhinoplasty mag with that monstrosity.

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

A picture that you’ll never see on the cover of Rolling Stone…

…AND I AM ISSUING THE STRONGEST OF GRAPHIC IMAGES WARNING…

Jeff Bauman UNCROPPED

It’s not ‘romantic,’ even if it is truthful.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

The left sympathizes with these Islamic haters, because their target is the same – a strong, prosperous America.

rickv404 on July 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Shouldn’t they have done a story about all the musicians righteous indignation over the Zimmerman trial outcome?

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

That’s next issue.

Probably.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Has Obama issued a statement on the best way for us to “honor the bomber” yet?

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Dear Rolling Stone dorks editorial staff;

Re your cover this week, I take a few exceptions to your “explanation” for it, to wit;

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families.

I doubt it, about the same way I’d doubt you lot would be grieved if he’d blown up a Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention instead. Let alone the Lutheran Missouri Synod.

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.

Considering that the last issue of the Stone I read was basically one long screed about Anthropogenic Global Warming and how we had to “de-civilize” and “re-socialize” to Stop It Right The F**k Now, I don’t think your definition of “serious and thoughtful” is exactly the same as mine.

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

I’m assuming you mean the Occupy Everything crowd, as they are the only people in his age group likely to care enough about what you think on any subject to bother picking up your rag.

As for the “complexities”, he is a Chechen Islamist who wants to kill non-Islamists for… not being Islamists like him. Just ask him, he’ll tell you, as he did in the screed he was writing while hiding in the boat.

If you call that “complex”, you’re probably deeply confused by a Dixie Cup (TM) dispenser.

One more reason I’m glad that instead of reading Rolling Stone when I was in my teens and twenties, I spent my money on Analog and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction instead.

Sincerely,

Take a flying jump at the Moon.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

eon on July 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Well put. I may have to steal that Dixie cup dispenser line.

Cheers!

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Back when the magazine really mattered, musicians saw appearing on the cover as a huge achievement. And the cache of “appearing on the cover of the rolling stone” has stayed with the magazine to this day. It’s synonymous with “making it.” People are reacting this way because a terrorist “made the cover of the rolling stone.” The glamour shot didn’t help.

Tom_Shipley on July 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Bravo Tom! Well said.

Rovin on July 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue

Yeah, next week you ass wipes at RS can post a picture of the guy with his shattered leg bones sticking out. Or the child who’s body was torn apart.

Then you can ‘examine the complexities’ all of the injured have to face as they work towards some semblance of recovery.

GarandFan on July 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM

If being on the cover of Rolling Stone has traditionally meant that you are at the end of your musical career and no longer of interest to anyone, perhaps them putting an Islamic terrorist on their cover is a good thing?

thuja on July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Questions is…….. with GubRmint spending truckloads O cash ….. taking away Americans freedoms on a daily basis…..seizing E-mails….phone data…..yada yada…….. HOW do the Tsarnaev Brothers pull off the Boston crime…HUM….. guess da same way 19 towel heads that could barely fly a kite much Commercial jets, taking intel from a guy on dialysis living in a cave masterminded Sept 11th

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Well put. I may have to steal that Dixie cup dispenser line.

Cheers!

happytobehere on July 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Thanks. Go for it! :-)

cheers

eon

eon on July 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

As atrocious as the cover is I started getting this rag with my name and address as subscribed about a year ago.

I emailed them asking them to stop delivery

I unsubscribed to every email.

I never paid a dime to receive anything.

Like clockwork the printed version in my rural mailbox.

Inflation in subscriber base I dunno but it is a good fire starter when shredded.

seesalrun2 on July 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev *is* handsome. I fail to see what value there is in pretending otherwise.

Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

Amanda you abortion loving ignorant slut! It’s not about his looks it’s the fact he’s a cold blooded, America hating murdering little bastard and how this pic glorifies him!

I’ve never subscribed to RS nor have I ever bought a single magazine. I realize RS has a long storied history of journalism but as far as I am concerned you are either a rock and roll magazine that focuses on rock and roll or you’re a news/political magazine. It’s like these musicians/celebs that feel the need to opine and wax politics and social issues when all they should be doing is STFU and entertaining me! If I were RS and want to save my sinking ship I would focus on rock and roll and STFU!

Liberty or Death on July 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev *is* handsome. I fail to see what value there is in pretending otherwise.

Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 17, 2013

Yes, he is handsome. But so are many boys his age. As a gay man, I would think it most unfortunate to be lusting after a guy who wants me killed. I don’t think it puritanical to say that I don’t want to lust after guys who want me murdered. I think I’m saying something here that a large spectrum of Americans including the “homophobes” should be able to agree with.

thuja on July 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Wow, that was fast.

Michael Ramirez gives his treatment to the Rolling Stone cover.

The Ugly American on July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Hey, Rolling Stone, how about a cover for Reinhard Heydrich? He was only 38 when he “departed.”

MikeHu on July 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Wow, that was fast.

Michael Ramirez gives his treatment to the Rolling Stone cover.

The Ugly American on July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Heyyyy, Mr. Ramirez gave him that “schnoz” I’ve heard tell about.

LOL!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Hey, Rolling Stone, how about a cover for Reinhard Heydrich? He was only 38 when he “departed.”

MikeHu on July 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

True, he was considered one of the handsomest men in Germany. Of course, he wasn’t so pretty after the partisans used an anti-tank mine on him because the Sten gun jammed.

(Which the damned things have a nasty habit of- personal experience. I’ve always preferred Thompsons and MP-40s for that exact reason.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich

cheers

eon

eon on July 18, 2013 at 6:50 AM

I don’t think it puritanical to say that I don’t want to lust after guys who want me murdered. I think I’m saying something here that a large spectrum of Americans including the “homophobes” should be able to agree with.

thuja on July 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Don’t forget the large number of people who “fall in love” with Death Row inmates. Even Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer had such “groupies”.

There are a lot of very strange people in this world, and I’m not talking about their sexual orientation, either.

cheers

eon

eon on July 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM

. I haven’t read the cover story yet but I’m not seeing any outrage about it on social media. it appears to be a fairly standard “how did the homegrown jihadi become a jihadi?” investigative piece of the sort that the NYT and Boston Globe were running after he was captured.

You must live under a rock. And as a September 11th survivor I find your apologist behavior insulting.

Maybe next Rolling Stone can do a piece on how the September 11th terrorists were driven to their “cause” by American oppression. Or perhaps how Jose Padilla was just “misunderstood”.

This is perhaps one of the most disgusting spectacles I have ever had the displeasure to view.

Marcus Traianus on July 18, 2013 at 8:10 AM

And what age group is Zimmerman and should we expect to see his photo on next months cover?

j bo on July 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I believe Zimmerman is also in that age group. Should we expect to see Zimmerman on the cover next month?

j bo on July 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Rolling Stone’s rationale in going with this psychopathic SOB for their cover is as bogus as the bulge in Chaz Bono’s jeans. Regular Right Guy

Mornin Mojo on July 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

If being on the cover of Rolling Stone has traditionally meant that you are at the end of your musical career and no longer of interest to anyone, perhaps them putting an Islamic terrorist on their cover is a good thing?

thuja on July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Indeed.

AesopFan on July 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Why the ferocious pushback against Rolling Stone, then?

1973, Dr. Hook song “On the Cover of the Rolling Stones”.

It’s a prestigious placement for people; something they’ll work their lives to achieve.

And something we should NOT state is:

Hey, you want on the cover of the Rolling Stones? Spend decades working to be a great musician… or just kill a bunch of people.

It’s like giving him a Nobel Prize next; but using the description of the prize to attack what he did. He still gets the prize & prestige… would that be ok?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ux3-a9RE1Q

Yes, I know I’m dating myself here severely… Yes, I’m an old fart, I don’t care.

gekkobear on July 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

RS is, as Allah mockingly notes, a tired old rag for tired old hippies. No one reads it…it sits on the dentist’s coffee table. Jann Wenner is a doper’s dope.

Jaibones on July 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

The shot they shot have used (taken) .

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM