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Terrorist rock stars (and real “heartbreak”)

On the cover of the Rolling Stone.

This is some cover. According to Rolling Stone, contributing editor Janet Reitman “delivers a deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev.” Reitman interviewed “dozens” of sources to deliver a “riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future who became a monster.” (I actually find the idea of transforming a murderer, a man who enjoyed the full benefits of the American system, into a victim of his surroundings more offensive than I do the dumb cover.)

None of the sneak-peak bullet points make Tsarnaev seem particularly bright or charming. And a Tiger Beat style cover doesn’t really convey a heartbreaking story about a charming kid and how he “fell” — these things happen by happenstance, you know — into radical Islam. What it does, is place a vile human being in a spot typically reserved for glamorous celebs.

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Just a reminder of what “bright”, “charming” and “heartbreak” really looks like:


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David Harsanyi is the former editor of Human Events. He is a syndicated columnists and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications and is the author of ??Obama??s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama??s Reelection? (Regnery, 2013) and ??Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children? (Doubleday/Broadway, 2007).