Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.—
(@Walgreens) July 17, 2013
Earlier in the day, CVS announced their refusal to sell the issue of Rolling Stone magazine with a cover that gives the rock star treatment to suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As you can see, Walgreens has now joined the list of stores who will not sell that particular issue.
Many applauded Walgreens’ decision:
But invariably there are those who are unable to tell the difference between private sector free market choices and totalitarian censorship:
Walgreens deciding not to sell that issue is a business decision. If people decide not to shop there as a result, that’s a consumer decision. Ditto for people who decide to shop at Walgreens because they decided not to sell that issue.
If the government had ordered Walgreens not to sell the magazine, that would have been censorship.