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Rolling Stone Ignites Firestorm By Putting Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the Cover [POLL]

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While going through my normal morning routine, I turn on the television to catch up on the news, and the first story I see is the Rolling Stone magazine cover. To say the least, I was shocked!  The cover of Rolling Stone magazine has always been a coveted spot for musicians, actors and aspiring politicians. But what do my eyes see? A picture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

If you haven’t seen the cover that will be on newstands this Friday, you’ll see the unsmiling Tsarnaev above the Rolling Stone logo with this headline,  “The Bomber.”

What? The tease for the story reads:

“How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.”

The story was written by the magazine’s contributing editor, Janet Reitman. Some of the details Reitman covers are Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s increasing devotion to Islam while still in high school, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible mental illness, which the boys’ mother decided would be better treated by Islam than by a psychiatrist.

Rolling Stone has not commented on why they chose to put Tsarnaev on the cover, but it has certainly ignited a firestorm.

Personally, I will never read, nor buy another Rolling Stone magazine. I’d love to know your thoughts.

And now Boston mayor Thomas Menino has responded to Rolling Stone with a letter of his own, addressing the publisher and slamming the magazine for providing “celebrity treatment” to Tsarnaev.

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