Today the output of our country’s tedious outrage machine relates to the above Rolling Stone cover about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (also spelled Jahar). It glamorizes him. It turns him . . . actually, there’s no point in summarizing the objections. Why not just skim Twitter for 1.5 seconds and find multiple representative samples:
Carson Daly calls out ‘irresponsible’ Rolling Stone for terror-glamorizing Tsarnaev cover http://t.co/0JfhFXszqE
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) July 17, 2013
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 17, 2013
— TODAY (@todayshow) July 17, 2013
I understand bomber’s shot was selfie, but in the context of the Rolling Stone cover it conveys a cultural icon status dude doesn’t deserve.
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) July 17, 2013
*Presumably the protesters would have a tabloid treatment in which Rolling Stone would place horns on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Perhaps that would have made this nonsense go away.
*This is good journalism, as the photo depicts the same Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that The Post and the New York Times — and others — depicted in deeply reported pieces. That is, a regular, good guy with friends, interests and activities — a “joker,” even.
*Showing this alleged bomber in his full humanity makes him appear even more menacing.
*Some are saying that Rolling Stone is exploiting this image — this story — for commercial gain. Well, Rolling Stone is a magazine. It exploits all its stories for commercial gain, some more effectively than others.