It’s not even close to being the first time Rolling Stone magazine created a controversy with what they decided to use on the cover.

The August edition shows a photograph of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the words “The Bomber: How A Popular, Promising Student Was Failed By His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam And Became A Monster.”

CVS stores have decided not to carry the issue. Other stores are considering it. Is Rolling Stone looking to sell magazines by cashing in on tragedy? Or do they want to tell a story they've uncovered that will enlighten us about something we weren't aware of?

Perhaps it’s a little of both, but I'm going to defer to the editors of Rolling Stone. I’ve read some interesting, in-depth articles on various topics and people in the magazine over the years. They do the work. They do the research. And I'll be interested to see what they have to say about what caused the popular 19 year old to become a violent and hateful criminal.

Over the years Rolling Stone has used some other controversial cover photos...

 

  • Kanye West, 2013

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  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1981

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  • Janet Jackson, 1993

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  • 'True Blood', 2010

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  • Charles Manson, 1970

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  • Lady Gaga, 2010

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  • Marilyn Manson, 1997

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