The PJ Tatler

Rolling Stone Defense Joined by the Brilliant, Courageous Toure

Rolling Stone’s defense of its Boston bomber cover boils down to, well, because the dude is young n stuff.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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 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.”

You know who’s even younger than Dzokhar Tsarnaev? The kid he killed and his sister, who was physically and emotionally scarred for life by the bomb. The boy’s name is Martin Richard. He was 8 years old. His six-year-old sister lost her leg thanks to RS’ newest teen idol. If RS’ thoughts really are “always with them and their families” — which is impossible, and just a stupid lie — they would have paused to think how those families and the hundreds of other victims might have responded to making the bomber the latest teen pop sensation.

Good lord, but that magazine is run by hacks and fools. They’re living proof that you don’t have to have any ethics or sense of right and wrong to succeed in media. In fact, those things are hindrances in this career field.

Speaking of hacks and fools, MSNBC’s Toure is cool with making an Islamist terrorist look like a member of the latest boy band.

Touré said he understood the outrage over the cover and said that some who have suggested that Tsarnaev’s victims should have also been featured on the cover along with their killer. However, he said that he could see what the Rolling Stone editors were trying to accomplish with this cover.

“I understand here the journalistic move of, ‘Let’s explore the roots of evil,’” Touré said. “Let’s explore the person who’s still alive whose life went so horribly wrong, and understand — try to understand why that happened.”

“That’s part of the intellectual journey that you’re taking,” he observed.

They could have done that without glorifying him on the cover.

From there, Toure gets even worse.

“I think we’re trying to get at, there was an innocence to this person,” Touré added. “They weren’t always this, sort of, evil.”

“This, sort of, [National Rifle Association CEO] Wayne LaPierre concept of people are either good or evil is, sort of, cockamamie,” he concluded.

Yes. Because advocating self-defense is eeeevil, just as evil as trying to commit mass murder. Except, evil isn’t real. Or something.

MSNBC has this guy and Al Sharpton on their network and actually takes the things that come out of both of their mouths seriously. Oy.