The New York Times’ editorial board is sticking up for the Rolling Stone cover featuring the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In an editorial, the paper essentially says that everyone needs to chill out.
Since Rolling Stone’s cover (which shows Tsarnaev looking very Jim Morrison-like) hit the Internet, the outrage has been increasing. Walgreens even came out and said they wouldn’t sell the issue. Walgreens sells Campbell’s Chunky Soup. That’s much more dangerous than a Tsarnaev selfie.
The Times says as much, and adds that the same photo used by Rolling Stone appeared plenty of other places, including the Times:
…Singling out one magazine issue for shunning is over the top, especially since the photo has already appeared in a lot of prominent places, including the front page of this newspaper, without an outcry. As any seasoned reader should know, magazine covers are not endorsements.
The paper also notes that “Thanks to the outcry on social media and the reactions of a few timid merchants, this issue should sell quite well.”