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Menino: Rolling Stone Cover was “Ill-Conceived”

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BOSTON (WGGB) — Boston’s mayor has sent a stunly worded letter to the publisher of Rolling Stone, after the magazine put a picture of the surviving marathon bombing suspect on the cover.

In the letter sent Wednesday to Jann Wenner at his New York office, Mayor Thomas Menino says that decision to put bombing suspect Tsarnaev on the cover “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.”

Menino continues that the cover “re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their “causes.””

The mayor urges Rolling Stone to focus on the survivors and the “thousands of people…who have come to their side.”

Menino concludes by telling Wenner that “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.”

Wednesday afternoon, the editors of Rolling Stone issued a statement saying the story they are publishing “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.”

Rolling Stone adds that “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.”

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(The full letter from Mayor Menino to Rolling Stone)


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