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Drug chains nix Rolling Stone magazine picturing Boston Marathon bomber
July 17th, 2013
NEW YORK – CVS Caremark Corp., Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. have indicated they won't sell an issue of Rolling Stone magazine that pictures accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.
CVS posted a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday saying that its CVS/pharmacy stores won't carry the issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover story on Tsarnaev, which is dated Aug. 1.
"CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect," CVS Caremark said in its statement. "As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."
The Rolling Stone cover bears a close-up photo of the young Tsarnaev with the headline, "The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster."
In published reports Wednesday, the mayor of Boston and governor of Massachusetts claimed that the Rolling Stone cover photo glorified Tsarnaev and was in bad taste. The April 15 bombing that Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out killed three people and injured 260 others.
On Wednesday, the controversial magazine cover stirred up a storm of social media comments, many criticizing the photo as a sympathetic portrayal of Tsarnaev.
"Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine," Walgreen Co. stated on its Twitter site on Wednesday.
In a statement, Rite Aid also said it will not carry the issue in its stores.
"Out of respect for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, Rite Aid has decided not to sell the August issue of Rolling Stone," the drug chain stated. "The issue is being removed from stores as it arrives from the distributor."
Several grocery chains also reportedly have indicated they wouldn't be carrying that Rolling Stone issue.
In a statement, Rolling Stone editors said they stand by their cover story and expressed sympathy for the bombing victims and their families.
"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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 Rolling Stone statement said. "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."
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