"However, just consider what the fast-spreading social media comments today have done.
They have given Rolling Stone and its issue a ton more attention than the story ever would have received just by coming out on a normal publication schedule.
In other words, Rolling Stone couldn’t buy this kind of publicity for its product.
Oh, yes, it’s negative reaction, to be sure.
But much of it is from people who would never buy the alternative publication anyway. Let’s face it: A poll on FoxNews right now slamming the cover isn’t exactly tapping into the base of Rolling Stone’s potential readers.
As for people saying Rolling Stone should feature the victims of the Boston bombing, that wasn’t what the magazine thought the real story was in this case. It wanted to shed light on who this guy is.
Here is the magazine’s official comment late Wednesday.
Plus, The New York Times and countless other publications have featured hundreds of stories in recent weeks about the victims of the Boston bombings.
Just last week The Times had a sensitive, lengthy story about Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the tragedy.
The national protests over the Rolling Stone cover just give even more publicity to Tsarnaev.
Ironically, that’s exactly what the magazine’s critics don’t want to see happen.
Finally, check out the headline that says the story inside tells of how “a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”
That’s right: The magazine calls him a monster. Hardly a glamorizing headline.
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