Mic Check: 5 Magazine Covers So Controversial They Required Apologies

1. Rolling Stone angers with “Boston Bomber” cover
Rolling Stone posted the cover to its Aug. 3 issue on Facebook on Wednesday, and their readers didn’t like what they saw. The cover features a photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the blurb “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.” Boston Mayor Thomas Manino said the cover “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.” However, the editors of Rolling Stone are standing by their decision: “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism…,” they said in a statement. Race studies Professor David Leonard wonders if the response to the cover was influenced by Tsarnaev’s religion. He says magazine covers featuring other mass killers haven’t provoked the same response.
 
More from around the web:
– You can read Rolling Stone’s entire cover story here.
 
– A history of controversial magazine covers (Daily Beast).
 
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2. New York to see lower Obamacare rates
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that individuals buying health insurance in New York will pay at least 50% less next year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Supporters of the law say the ACA lowers rates by creating competition between insurance providers. New York becomes the fifth state to report lower-than-expected rates under the ACA. It’s a much needed win for the healthcare overhaul: The Obama administration recently postponed the rollout of a key provision of the ACA, and the House just voted to delay other parts of the bill.
 
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Inside Obama’s strategy to sell Obamacare to millennials (Washington Post).
 
– NEWSFLASH: Obamacare haters hate Obamacare (Bloomberg).
 
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3. School lunches kill Indian children
At least 22 Indian children died on Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar after eating contaminated school lunches. The lunches were provided as part of India’s Midday Meal Scheme, a huge program that offers free meals to over 120 million children. Parents led protests in the streets of Dharmasati following the deaths of the children. It is suspected the meal the children ate was stored in containers that previously held pesticides. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas worries the tragedy will unfairly cast doubt on the school meal program: Economists say the Midday Meal Scheme has been a success, for the most part.
 
More from around the web:
What the school lunch deaths mean for India’s massive new food program (Quartz).
 
How the Obama administration wants to improve graduation rates with a few million boxes of cheerios (Daily Beast).
 
4. Nelson Mandela turns 95
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 95th birthday today in a Pretoria hospital, while countries around the world celebrate the fourth annual Mandela Day. South African President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in the hospital, and said he was healthy enough to smile in response a birthday greeting. The government is encouraging South Africans to celebrate Mandela Day by performing 67 minutes of charitable acts, while New York is displaying a large image of Mandela in Times Square. Mandela’s daughter says his health is improving; she hopes he will return home soon.
 
More from around the web:
How the world is celebrating Mandela Day (One).
 
Nelson Mandela’s political career, in pictures (Politico).
 
More From PolicyMic:
– Mandela and me: living in the shadow of the black pimpernel.
 
5. CA prison protesters punished. Lawyers who represent inmates at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison say 14 inmates who are leading protests at the prison have been put in solitary confinement and stripped of their legal papers. The punishment is part of an effort to crackdown on protests that have taken place throughout the California prison system since July 8. 2,312 California prisoners are taking part in a hunger strike, and 271 are refusing to go to work and classes. Prisoner authorities have revoked protest leaders’ visiting privileges at the Corcoran state prison.
 
More from around the web:
– Why solitary confinement is the cruelest punishment a prisoner can suffer (NY Times).
 
Mos Def underwent the Guantánamo force-feeding procedure to raise awareness for Gitmo hunger-strikers (Guardian).
 
More From PolicyMic:
Why the California hunger-strikers deserve your support.
 
How the California prison guards union subverts democracy.
 
Dessert
The pros and cons of a surveillance society (Bits).
 
These clever hacks give Google Glass unintended powers (NPR).
 
What it’s like to get drunk in Antarctica (Atlantic).
 
– How would you like to get your daily exercise by taking a pill? (Well)
 
– How crazy successful people spend their mornings (Huffington Post).
 
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