Rolling Stone’s Lame Defense Regarding Their Cover of the Boston Bomber

Rolling Stone misses the point here. Nobody is upset that they did a story on Tsarnaev. They’re upset because they put a glam shot of him on their cover.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS

There’s a growing list of stores that are refusing to sell this issue.