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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rolling Stone takes heat for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover

07.17.13 at 8:32 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLS: Revolution at Rapids, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
Baseball: Triple-A All-Star Game, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Rolling Stone magazine’s decision to put Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover is not being received well.

The August cover features a flattering close-up of Tsarnaev with the headline “The Bomber” and a subhead of “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.” Rolling Stone said author Janet Reitman spent two months talking to “childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents” about the teenager accused of taking part in the attack at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 that left three dead and scores injured.

The negative reviews starting pouring in Tuesday night, only hours after the cover was revealed on the magazine’s website. By Wednesday morning, more than 6,000 people left comments, mainly critical.

Wrote one person: It seems you have glorified the only living suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings. Yes, tell his story. Reference it on the cover. Promote the story. But putting his image on the cover like he is a rock star is hurtful to so many.

Another individual created a Facebook page called “Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine for Their Latest Cover.”

“I haven’t been this disgusted in a long time,” the page administrator wrote. “The nation, and the victims, are still healing, and Rolling Stone magazine gives its sought after cover to a murderer.”

Even musicians are calling out the legendary magazine. David Draiman of the heavy metal band Disturbed wrote on the band’s Facebook page:

I USED TO DREAM OF MAKING THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE, AS IT USED TO BE THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT OF LEGITIMACY FOR AN ASPIRING MUSICIAN AND IT MEANT THAT YOU HAD REALLY MADE IT. OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS, ROLLING STONE HAS BECOME LESS AND LESS ABOUT MUSIC, AND HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE ABOUT [expletive], POP CULTURE NONSENSE. EVEN THOUGH MANY OF US MAY NOT CARE FOR IT, WE WERE ABLE TO LIVE WITH IT’€¦UNTIL THIS.’€¨’€¨

YOU’€¦DARE’€¦TO’€¦PUT’€¦THE’€¦IMAGE’€¦OF’€¦THE’€¦BOSTON’€¦BOMBER’€¦ON’€¦THE’€¦[expletive]‘€¦COVER’€¦OF’€¦YOUR’€¦MAGAZINE!!!!????

‘€¨ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR ULTRA-LIBERAL, SYMPATHETIC TO A FAULT, [expletive] MINDS???

What's your reaction to Rolling Stone putting a picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover?

  • Deplorable, the magazine should be boycotted (71%, 823 Votes)
  • Disappointing, I wouldn't buy it but I'll leave it at that (21%, 245 Votes)
  • Acceptable, it's a legitimate story and it's not objectionable (7%, 77 Votes)
  • Positive, I look forward to reading it (1%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,153

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‘™¦ Jets quarterback Geno Smith skipped teammate Mark Sanchez‘s California workouts, but the rookie denied that there is any ill will between the players vying for the team’s starting job.

“Me and Mark are cool. There’s no hard feelings of anything,” Smith told a reporter for the website OchoCinco News Network. “He’s up there getting some work with the guys. I’m down here getting some work. Some guys are going to be down here today. It’s just been good.”

Smith also took a shot at the media for stirring the pot in this situation.

“I’m taking this competition very seriously, preparing myself to be a starter, as I’ve said all along,” he said. “And I think the media, they’re doing their jobs. They’ve got to create a hot story, they’ve got to keep the fans interested, so they’re going to put whatever they want out there.”

‘™¦ A fan at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Citi Field promised he would run on the field if he got 1,000 retweets, and he made good on his word. The man, using the Twitter handle @MasoneDylan and wearing a Robinson Cano Yankees T-shirt, ignored a plea from his mother to stay out of trouble and ran across the infield, surrendering when security approached — although he still was slammed to the ground.

Tweeted the fan before his stunt: blame it on social media, love you all

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a long ball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss? Hint: This pitcher was still pitching in the majors until last season.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m going to keep fighting for our guys. If President Obama would say, ‘Spurrier, you and those coaches need to quit fighting for your players, that they get enough, they get enough full scholarship,’ then I’ll shut up about it.” – South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, telling reporters at Tuesday’s SEC media day that the league’s coaches are in agreement that players should be paid

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 – Earned runs allowed in nine career All-Star Game innings for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who pitched a scoreless eighth Tuesday night and was named MVP of the American League’s 3-0 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt shows off his dramatic entrance for his fantasy football draft.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jeff Suppan

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Nicolette Larson was born on this day in 1952.

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