Friday, July 19, 2013
The new Rolling Stone has Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
Rolling Stone is in one business: to sell magazines. It has the right to create any cover it likes. You have the right to not read it. Isn't that the freedom that terrorists hate?
As I'm writing this, the actual cover story has yet be released. Those who have seen it say it is no puff piece. It's an examination of the disconnect that led to a brutal and horrible crime. Don't condemn something you haven't seen, and you never know, you might learn something from the article.
Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that others HAVE to dislike it as well.
By the way, I should add that controversy equals publicity. While I was at the gym this morning, the Rolling Stone cover was discussed on the CBS overnight news, and the replay of the fourth hour of the unwatchable Today on NBC. I'm sure the Rolling Stone publishers appreciate the free advertising.
We live in a great country.
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