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Wounded Officer: Rolling Stone 'Could Have Picked Anybody Else' for Cover

July 18, 2013  | 

Screenshot via NBC.
Screenshot via NBC.
The Massachusetts transit officer wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt told the Today Show Thursday he thought Rolling Stone magazine's cover picturing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may glorify the accused bomber.

Richard Donohue, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority officer wounded in the manhunt for the Tsarnaevs, spoke with the show's Savannah Guthrie.

"There are a number of people they could have picked for a rock or entertainment magazine beside an alleged bomber, but I hope it doesn't glorify him and make it so that other people will follow in his footsteps," he said.

Tags: Police-Media Relations, Manhunts, Boston Marathon Bombing


Comments (7)

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Boston @ 7/18/2013 4:51 PM

Is it just poor taste, uncaring or out of touch? No! Its all about selling a magazine. I'm sure this months Rolling Stone would fly off the rack. People just love to read about high profile cases. Today compared to years ago people are trying to be more caring of everyone feelings. Bottom line Rolling Stones was out for the money. Its business folks! Is it right? Probably not and if he was on the front page with a blackeye and orange jumpsuit public reactions would be different. The editor made a bad choice.

Danny Robeson @ 7/18/2013 6:40 PM

Rolling Stone has a long history of extolling scumbag people and scumbag causes...as well as smearing decent people and causes. This stunt of idolizing a terrorist, though revolting, is consistent with publisher Jann Wenner's attitude and past actions.

Nor is the notion of glofying dirtbags confined to Rolling Stone. Years ago when Yasser Arafat was riding high as the world's leading terrorist, Vanity Fair had a major article portraying him as a genial elder statesman rather than a terrorist.

Certainly the notion of portraying bad people in a good light continues on. Look at the fawning coverage of Trevayn Martin. You would never know, from the mainstream media, of his drug use (Marijuana and "LEAN") his possession of stolen women's jewelry, extensive history of violence, weapons issues, and much more. Instead he was portrayed as some sort of angelic little child and part of that falsity was ignoring recent photos and his own Facebook and text messages, and using photos of martin 5 years old, showing him as a 12-year old.

FireCop @ 7/19/2013 4:44 AM

We need to speak with our wallets here. If nobody buys this disgraceful magazine, it will not survive. I know of several people who have cancelled their subscriptions after this cover was made public. The other thing is, the more we talk about it the more publicity they get...exactly what they wanted. Anybody asks me about it and my response will be, garbage, end of conversation. Stay safe.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/19/2013 11:11 AM

This POS magazine will do anything to make money, but its going to come back and bite them in the butt. Their sales are going to drop and the magazine will be good for is fish wrapping paper.

Steve @ 7/19/2013 11:24 AM

"Shock value" is all these media freaks are about. I hope that if one of the Rolling Stone folks needs assistance in a life threatening situation they call "The Bomber" for help and see what that gets them!

Tom Ret @ 7/19/2013 6:33 PM

This magazine is worthless even to wrap fish.

Troop @ 7/21/2013 2:25 PM

Save Sgt Murphy from the PC rats in his department!

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