Rolling Stone cover story: Read it and learn, or don’t

Kudos to Rolling Stone for provoking both thought and knee-jerk outrage with its profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Many have expressed the opinion that his name should not appear in print (or digitally), just as they have with others accused of horrible crimes—mass killings in schools and theaters come to mind. The theory seems to be that naming them gives them undeserved glory and recognition and somehow dishonors their victims.

The act of naming or writing about perpetrators of evil does not honor them, unless the naming or writing is done by a lover of evil.

A well-written, well-researched, well-edited article about an accused or convicted killer, swindler, kidnapper, terrorist or other criminal can help us understand the world better.

Either read it, or don’t read it. Learn something, or don’t. Your choice.

Cover photos? They’re used to sell magazines.

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