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Where Is Trayvon Martin’s Rolling Stone Cover?

July 19, 2013

by Tommy Christopher

The editorial hook for Rolling Stone‘s much-discussed cover story on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was ably summed up by the Morning Joe crew, Thursday morning, as an examination of how someone with a “look” that is so “connect(ed) with the fabric of American society” could turn out to be such a monster. That premise, and the timing of this issue of Rolling Stone, got me wondering how the magazine had treated the flipside of that coin, the tragedy of a kid whose looks connected with something in the fabric of America that led him to be treated as a monster, when he wasn’t.

Rolling Stone‘s editors, in defending their most recent cover, explained that “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.”

That description applies doubly to the story of Trayvon Martin, an “important political and cultural” story about a person who was “young, and in the same age group as many of (Rolling Stone‘s) readers,” and given the attention being paid to that young man’s death this week, in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s murder acquittal, a much more topical story for the magazine to cover. Maybe they’ll get to it in their next issue, but this important political and cultural story has been an intermittently hot topic for a year-and-a-half now. Here’s how the magazine treated the death of Trayvon Martin since his death on February 26, 2012. Read the rest of the column at Mediaite.


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