Rolling Stone Defends Boston Bomber Cover

Posted on July 17th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

rs1Iconic magazine Rolling Stone came under fire Wednesday when they unveiled their August cover story about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The backlash to the cover - featuring Tsarnaev looking more like a rock star than a terrorist - drew ire across the internet.

After a flurry of negative comments online -- and some commercial store chains vowing to refuse to sell this month's issue -- Rolling Stone released a statement  defending the cover.

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

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