Most Obnoxious Story
Rolling Stone magazine obliterated the lines of tact and journalism with a puff piece that offered little new information on the surviving member of the Brothers Grim. The cover of its August issue featured a Jim Morrison-like selfie of the surviving alleged Boston Marathon bomber and murderer of Sean Collier. [We have not mentioned his name on OBF Turf and have no plans to change course here.]
The use of visuals is a vital part of storytelling and journalism. The image used on the magazine’s cover was not simply a gimmick to sell magazines and generate publicity. It WAS an editorial statement and part of the magazine’s effort to endear its readers to the cover subject.
Mayor Menino, who has made a career of flubs and faux names, nailed it here in one sentence. “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel Rolling Stone deserves them.”