Boston officials raised hell over the cover, which they said it glorify the 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — one of the alleged masterminds behind the Boston Marathon bombings — on it’s August cover, and drug stores like CVS, 7-Eleven, and Walgreens flatly refused to carry copies of the issue at all. However, according to one person familiar with the circulation numbers, sales of Rolling Stone August issue are up 20 percent and counting.
Rolling Stone has long been an outlet for both social and political commentary and reporting. There is nothing out of line nor inappropriate with the piece about the Boston tragedy nor the cover. The hue and cry over this issue of Rolling Stone seems to be based upon raw emotion, which is understandable, and not about reporting, in depth, the particulars of this sad chapter in America’s history. It is important to understand the truth of the events that led a promising youngster to become a radical Islamic extremist who cares little for his life or the lives of those affected by his thoughtless and actions. I fully support Rolling Stone in their efforts to make the whole truth known; before judging this issue by its cover the public should read Ms. Reitman’s article. As for those companies who are refusing to sell this issue, they are woefully narrow in mind and vision.