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The Mayor of Boston has commented:

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today wrote to the publisher of Rolling Stone, telling him the decision to put accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of next month’s edition “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment” — treatment the magazine should have given to the survivors.

“The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories,” Menino wrote in a letter to Jann Wenner, ”though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said today: "I'm disgusted by it. They should have given the victims more consideration."
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The mayor of Boston hasn't read the article either.

Uninformed people often think that the Rolling Stone is just a music magazine. It's not.
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Hi tommy,

It's one thing to put the picture of a world leader, however evil and vicious, on the cover of a newsmagazine, and perhaps something else again to put the glamorized photograph of a terrorist murderer on the cover of what is, pace Bob, a music magazine. Or at least, a culture magazine.

This beautification of the Boston killer is an example of the way that the media often glamorize criminals. The victims are forgotten, their names are forgotten, while the media endlessly try to make the public feel sorry for, excuse, and sympathize with often vicious evildoers who have committed horrific crimes.

In addition, the media adulation of these killers helps to encourage others to emulate them. Far better not even to mention them by name, much less inspire others to get themselves on the cover in the same way.

Meanwhile, it seems the FBI really did drop the ball:

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During the hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, blasted Mueller for concluding his agency had done an "excellent" and "thorough job" protecting the public and for saying he didn't know what more could have been done to disrupt the marathon bombing plot.

Gohmert also read aloud from IBD's recent editorial on the subject, "Obama's Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers."

Mueller confirmed that instead of investigating the militant Boston mosque where the bomber brothers were radicalized, the FBI partnered with it for political "outreach."

Asked if he was aware the mosque was co-founded by a convicted terrorist cited by the Treasury Department as an al-Qaida fundraiser, Mueller sheepishly replied, "I was not."

The same mosque also has graduated several other convicted terrorists. The FBI helped put all these terrorists behind bars, yet didn't tie them back to the mosque. If the bureau had, it would have seen something rotten with the leadership there.


We have a kinder, gentler FBI, and more dead, maimed, and terrorized Americans. Mueller should have been fired in 2001.
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Woland-

You obviously don't read Rolling Stone either if you think it is just a music magazine. Did you read my earlier observation that the cover photo, together with the cover blurb provides a dramatic contrast that perfectly illustrates the banality of evil? Did you note that the cover calls him a MONSTER?
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Hi Bob,

I know that the cover calls him a monster. But that isn't what the picture portrays. They make him look like a teen music heart throb. And I am not afraid to call doing that evil.
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You think evil always has to look evil? No, no , and no. Sometimes a heart throb, sometimes a nice haircut and suit, sometimes the press secretary introduces him, sometimes there are lots of medals on his chest. We love that "Hitler was a madman!" trope so that we don't have to recognize faces of the evil folks beamed into our homes everyday. I think Hannah Arendt makes more sense than Marvel Comics.

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I think that some folks' political opposition to the Rolling Stone has colored their opinions to the point that they are judging articles before they're even published.

Calling the Rolling Stone's use of the self-shot photo "evil" is silly. It's what the defendant looks like and exactly how he's been described by dozens of people who knew him. Do you think they should have photo-shopped devil horns onto his head? (Or darkened his face like Time did with OJ's picture or FOX did with photos of Trayvon Martin?) Like I said- the photo, contrasted with the caption, perfectly captures the banality of evil. It glorifies nothing.
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On 2013-07-18 08:31, mastermindreader wrote:
I think that some folks' political opposition to the Rolling Stone has colored their opinions to the point that they are judging articles before they're even published.

Calling the Rolling Stone's use of the self-shot photo "evil" is silly. It's what the defendant looks like and exactly how he's been described by dozens of people who knew him. Do you think they should have photo-shopped devil horns onto his head? (Or darkened his face like Time did with OJ's picture or FOX did with photos of Trayvon Martin?) Like I said- the photo, contrasted with the caption, perfectly captures the banality of evil. It glorifies nothing.


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If anything I see the picture as more a scare tactic designed to take more freedoms and liberty's away by painting a picture of a good looking kid that could be hanging out with our kids who is concealing a true Benilty of evil reading between the lines the article could read this is why America needs more surveillance and why this country should not have a freedom of privacy. it's really sad what happened in Boston and I hope similar things don't continue but I don't feel censorship or living in fear are the answers .
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As I said, Bob, I don't think they should have made him look more sinister, I think they should have refrained from putting his picture on the cover.
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Is the picture somehow false? Should they photoshop horns and fangs? It's really him.
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Is the picture somehow false? Should they photoshop horns and fangs? It's really him.


Should he have set off a bomb in Boston. It is really him that did that. It is to bad they do not have a first communion picture of him with a rosary and a prayer book. If he had killed some of your loved ones is that how you would like to see him on the cover? Well what he did to our country I don't want to see that picture. But as I have often said that is just me. Just like when in Nam I saw friends of mine killed and maimed then saw publications with the photos of the Viet Cong showing their hardships. Give me a break. When it hits home it is entirely different. Ask the people who lost the little boy if they thing the picture is fitting.

They could have put the pic of the little boy along side this monster and said this is who the monster killed. Or both pics saying Killer, victim. But that might not sell as many copies.
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Just a side note by someone who was affected by this dirt bag.

http://www.today.com/news/wounded-boston......10669669
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Honestly folks. If it stirs this much controversy. Don't you think it was meant to rather than just report the news? Truthfully now what do you really believe?
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I wonder what the family and friends of Krystal Campbell think when they see this? The infuriating thing is, the conspiracy nuts even tag HER as a fraud! I've read all the crap. Government conspiracies out the wa-ZOO! And her poor mother, Patty. Yeah. That hurts.

To me, this scum-BUCKET should NOT have his picture displayed ANYWHERE! Especially on the front cover of such a popular mag! Boy, Dr, Hook & The Medicine Show really called it here!

Doug
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I seriously suspect that those who are screaming the loudest about this have never bothered to read Rolling Stone (including those who are claiming to cancel their non-existent "subscriptions.")

It's usually a good idea to actually read an article before condemning it.


Bit of a red herring (or a simple misreading). People aren't (generally) complaining about the article; they're complaining about the cover.. (FWIW, I think it's much ado about nothing).
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2013-07-18 10:22, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Is the picture somehow false? Should they photoshop horns and fangs? It's really him.


Not really the point. They have a lot of pictures that are "really him," and obviously chose one that portrays him in a particular way.
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On 2013-07-18 10:22, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Is the picture somehow false? Should they photoshop horns and fangs? It's really him.


Not really the point. They have a lot of pictures that are "really him," and obviously chose one that portrays him in a particular way.


That's exactly the point. The picture they chose goes with the teasers on the cover (and, presumably, the story they wish to tell). It's an authentic image. The fuss seems to be that he looks good and/or glamorous in the image, and some people just don't want that.
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No such thing as bad publicity.

They're selling their magazine.

This controversy will sell more.

The article may be good but that's not really the point.

It is a business folks.
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Next up; serial killer photo-makeovers by designers for people magazine?
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