July 21st, 2013
07:29 PM ET

Painter of terror suspects discusses Rolling Stone cover

This week Rolling Stone magazine published an issue with suspected Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. There was an immediate backlash with the editors of the magazine accused of glamorizing a terrorist.

The criticism reminded us of the response to our March 2012 interview with Daisy Rockwell, a writer and artist who paints portraits of terror suspects in innocent poses.

OutFront reached out to Rockwell for her take on the Rolling Stone controversy.

OutFront: What do you think of the Tsarnaev cover?

Daisy Rockwell: At first when I heard about this controversy I thought it was some kind of joke. Mass killers of all stripes appear on magazine covers all the time. Similarly, Rolling Stone has long engaged in political reporting as well as entertainment reporting. The 'selfie' of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that they've used is available all over the internet and has even appeared in the New York Times. Rolling Stone has done nothing to the photograph, so one is forced to ask how exactly is the magazine glamorizing terrorism?


July 19th, 2013
09:03 PM ET

Boston police officer relieved of duty for releasing Tsarnaev photos

Just hours after Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy released these images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine - he was relieved of his duties - at least temporarily.

His gun, badge, and camera all seized – until a disciplinary hearing next week.

Photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released after Rolling Stone complaints

But does Sergeant Murphy's punishment add up?

OutFront: Radio Show host and comedian Stephanie Miller, Comedian & CNN opinion writer Dean Obeidallah and syndicated radio show host Michael Medved.

July 18th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

Graphic new photos of Boston Bombing Suspect

A day after Rolling Stone released the controversial cover of the Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which caused national outrage and boycotts - the Boston Police department is countering with new images of what Boston Magazine calls the Real Face of Terror.

Photos of Tsarnaev arrest follow Rolling Stone complaints

In this picture taken back on April 19th, Tsarnaev is standing in a boat with the red dot of a sniper rifle on his forehead.

Are these pictures a more accurate portrayal of the terror suspect?

OutFront tonight: Comedian Dean Obeidallah, Radio Show Host and Comedian Stephanie Miller and CNN Contributor Reihan Salam.

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July 17th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

Rolling Stone cover of Boston bombing suspect draws outrage and boycotts

Rolling Stone cover of bombing suspect called 'slap' to Boston

Outrage is growing across social media over Rolling Stone magazine's decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover of its latest issue.

The picture is one that Tsarnaev himself posted online and has been published widely by other media outlets in the past. But a groundswell of criticism objecting to its prominent play emerged on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

Roland Stone responded to the criticism with this statement:

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 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 EDITORS

Prominent businesses have responded to the public cry and has announced that they will not sell the August issue:

  • CVS
  • Tedeschi Food Shops
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid

So was this cover in bad taste? Or has the backlash gone overboard?

OutFront tonight: Erik Wemple is the Washington Post's Media Critic.

Filed under: Boston Marathon Explosion • News
July 16th, 2013
10:08 PM ET

Missed clues about Boston bombing suspect

Were there missed clues in a Boston-area triple-murder that could have disrupted the marathon bombings?

In September 2011, three close friends of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's were brutally murdered. Brendan Mess, Eric Weissman & Raphael Teken were found amid a gruesome crime scene - their throats slashed, ear-to-ear and drugs spread over their bodies.

For more than a year-a-half there were no suspects. It wasn't until after the Boston Marathon bombing that it became clear that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a key suspect in both crimes.

In an OutFront  investigation, our Deb Feyerick looks into the key players in the murder mystery who talk about some of the biggest errors authorities made in that case.

Filed under: Boston Marathon Explosion • Crime
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