"Our hearts go out to the victims of the
"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 use of a rather casual photo of Tsarnaev, one he is believed to have taken himself and one that's been used previously by other media outlets, including the
Though Rolling Stone does not shy away from political and controversial stories -- its work by late reporter Michael Hastings contributed to the downfall of
That was, in part, the point, wrote the editors in Wednesday's statement.
"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," the statement said.
Plenty of people disagree.
Among them is Boston Mayor
Rolling Stone on Wednesday made available the 11,000-plus word article from writer Janet Reitman. Tuesday night, the magazine wrote that Reitman had spent two months interviewing "dozens of sources -- childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case -- to deliver" her story, reportedly due to hit newsstands Friday.
"To respond to you in anger is to feed into your obvious marketing strategy," Menino wrote. "So, I write to you instead to put the focus where you could have; on the brave and strong survivors and on the thousands of people -- their family and friends and volunteers, first responders, doctors, nurses and donors -- who have come to their side."
Some artists have echoed such statements. Famed Boston punk band
Country star John Rich said on