Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fair or Foul?

I haven't read the article yet, but the picture on the cover says a thousand words. Rolling Stone puts Dzhohkar Tsarnaev on the cover on its most recent issue. I get that the story might be captivating, but is the cover going too far?

The story was written by Rolling Stone's Janet Reitman, who, according to the magazine, "spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster."

I think it has all the makings of a fantastic feature piece for the magazine. But putting the picture of someone who allegedly helped kill people and disturb the peace forever in the city of Boston on the cover? Might be a step too far.

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