Citizens from across the political spectrum are understandably disgusted with Rolling Stone’s glamorization of terrorist Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. But as the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple sees it, their anger is merely “the output of our country’s tedious outrage machine.”
Here’s are two of Wemple’s “counterpoints” to those who “baselessly” object to Rolling Stone’s cover:
*This is good journalism, as the photo depicts the same Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that The Post and the New York Times — and others — depicted in deeply reported pieces. That is, a regular, good guy with friends, interests and activities — a “joker,” even.
*Showing this alleged bomber in his full humanity makes him appear even more menacing.