Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that was founding in the late 60's San Francisco, and focused on music and pop-culture. But like many in entertainment, they forgot their goal is to entertain, become full of themselves and try to be more "relevant" -- and since that's not their core competency, they usually screw it up. Which is a shame, because we need shallow tripe and escapism, without SJW's trying to take everything over and make it important. Especially when they have a history of being not very good at their core competency (covering the music scene).

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They were founded in 1967, and were slow to grow out of that era (probable because of the Publishers biases: perpetual hippies at heart, while the world and music left them behind). I don't mind their bias in music, as Classic rock of that era was pretty great, but it's hard to pretend you're "with it", when you just aren't. And even then, they did things like dismiss Led Zeppelin when they were relevant (only catching on that they were an iconic force in 2006 and a cover story, "the Heaviest Band of All Time"). They missed hip-hop, panned heavy metal, and as recently as 2003 their "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time" had named only two female musicians.

More than that for me was as Jonah Goldberg put it, they had "essentially become the house organ of the Democratic National Committee"[1]. And even when they aren't just parroting the DNC, they're known most for their journalistic screw-ups, like:3 items

  • 2019.02.27 Divisive Socialist Quartet -
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    Not learning the lessons of their 2013 Tsarnaev cover fiasco, they put another group of divisive anti-American women on the cover. Granted they are representatives in congress of fanatical or clueless districts. But this is about as enlightened as putting George Wallace, Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson, and FDR on a cover about liberal tolerance towards minorities.
  • 2014.11.19 UVA Rape on Campus -
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    💩 Rolling Stone magazine published "A Rape on Campus" that describes a purported gang rape of Jackie Coakley by 7 frat brothers (Phi Kappa Psi) at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of an initiation rite. This fed a false "Campus Rape" lynch-mob that suspended the fraternity, vandalized their FratHouse, started marches against them (and all men, especially fraternities), and impugned the character of many innocents: who sued and won. A few piled on (HuffPo), but a few other outlets were mixed or skeptical, and later broke stories putting her version of events in doubt. Rolling Stone apologized (5 months later) and retracted the story in its entirety on April 5, 2015, long after the harm had been done. They were sued, and settled.
  • 2013.07.17 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -
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    Rolling Stone stupidly decided to put a glam-pic of convincted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on their cover, which drew widespread criticism that the magazine was "glamorizing terrorism", and was a "slap in the face to the great city of Boston". Many stores (CVS Pharmacy, Tedeschi, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and a few others) refused to carry the issue. And it earned an angry letter from Boston mayor Thomas Menino. It was poor judgement, at best.


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