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:
Proud to see Tedeschi, CVS, & Walgreens exercising their right not to sell new Rolling Stone issuehttp://t.co/qEcCcat9vL
— Gabriel Gomez (@GomezForMA) July 17, 2013
— Mara (@MaraNYC) July 17, 2013
@Walgreens good for you!
— emily |-/ (@applextree) July 17, 2013
BRAVO @Walgreens for listening to your consumers and joining CVS on not selling the new issue of Rolling Stone!
— Samantha (@samanthaannx) July 17, 2013
@Walgreens I am a regular Walgreen's customer and I applaud this decision.
— Laura (@Bookworm) July 17, 2013
But invariably there are those who are unable to tell the difference between private sector free market choices and totalitarian censorship:
@Walgreens Why don't you go burn some books with Sarah Palin while your at it?
— Derek (@d10fel) July 17, 2013
@Walgreens Gotta love censorship
— babby girl (@zach_vaught) July 17, 2013
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.