Rolling Stone editors defend Boston bomber cover

Editors of Rolling Stone have defended their decision to feature the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings on the cover of the magazine. Many readers were outraged to see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 17, on the front of the latest edition of the music Bible, along with the headline: “The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster”.
Stars including Kelly Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Nikki Sixx and the Dropkick Murphys were among those who voiced their disapproval, and Rolling Stone chiefs have now reacted to the criticism, insisting it was important to delve into Tsarnaev’s story as he is of a similar age to much of the publication’s target audience.
A statement posted on Rolling Stone’s page reads, “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.”
Three people were killed and another 264 were injured in the April (13) boming. Tsarnaev was arrested days after the blasts following a massive manhunt, which resulted in the death of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police.