Cover, Fail

July 19, 2013

Mountain-goat-in-a-fog-bankWell, here we are — Friday!
And it’s the normal ground fog and chilly this morning on California’s north coast and a way-early time right now, but it will be later soon.

Oh, no — I feel the vapors coming: “Rolling Stone is a music magazine, not the Taliban Times,” so says one nit-twit on the shit-storm of bull-squat flailing off the current cover of the perennial rag, which depicts Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev supposedly with ‘smoky eyes and tousled hair‘ instead of being depicted as a ‘monster.’
One explanation given is that some people are not familiar with Rolling Stone — are you shitting me?

Ignorant people can be such huge assholes — look at the entire Tea Party scenario, a shitload of racist assholes.

(Illustration found here).

On Boston cop was so pissed, he released some real photos of Tsarnaev as he was apprehended in April, all bloody and nasty looking — the cop took the Ed Snowden route as the pix were “not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police.”  The cop has been relieved of duty pending a status hearing.

I haven’t had a chance to read the Rolling Stone article yet, but they always seem to do a good job of keeping their writers truthful, and have been doing it for a generation. A Rolling Stone fan from way back, my only beef with them is in the last few years they’ve seemingly have become way-more slick than necessary, but that has nothing to do with its reporting.
The editors did release a statement, however, in the face of the dumb-ass backlash (via CBS):

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families,” Rolling Stone said.
“The cover story we are publishing this week 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.”
The magazine added 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.”

And speaking of dumb-ass — President Obama is so much much knob and goo on Ed Snowden, he might not meet with Vladimir Putin one-on-one prior to the September Group of 20 summit in Russia. Obama’s in a nit-twit pose.
From Businessweek:

“You know that the president and his advisers are asking what kind of a trip he can have to Moscow with such a big gorilla in the room,” said Stephen Sestanovich, who was U.S. ambassador-at-large responsible for policy toward Russia and states of the former Soviet Union from 1997 to 2001.
“Anybody involved in planning that trip is sweating bullets.”

And that before-mentioned gorilla is the NSA, not Snowden. As in that Rolling Stone cover, the problem is people are more worried about Snowden than what he disclosed — shoot the messenger, still.
This country and the world is about the picture, not the fact.

But the fact right here, right now, is it’s Friday and the weekend is so close I can smell it by its cover.

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