By Dana Hatic, Boston.com Correspondent
The controversial issue of Rolling Stone featuring alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev performed well on newsstands despite boycotts from retailers and an uproar from critics who accused the magazine of giving the young man a "rock-star" treatment.
|(Courtesy Rolling Stone)|
The self-portrait of Tsarnaev used on the cover caused intense reactions, particularly in Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, saying the cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment."
Governor Deval Patrick also expressed disappointment with the cover, as did Richard Donohue, an MBTA transit officer who was injured in the shootout with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, on April 18.
The same photo appeared on the front page of The New York Times on May 5, alongside the headline "The Dark Side, Carefully Masked".
Rolling Stone editors released a statement atop the online version of the story, "Jahar's World", saying the cover fell "within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage" of important issues.
Twitter users reacted to news of magazine sales doubling:
Happy that @RollingStone sales doubled with Boston Bomber issue despite the boycotts- a testament to the story's high quality of journalism— Chloe Sorvino (@chloesorvino) August 1, 2013