Michael Yon takes on Rolling Stone

Years ago, in another life, I dated a man who had worked for Rolling Stone and personally knew Jann Wenner.  (My ex-boyfriend claimed that a well-known Rolling Stone photographer was the one who introduced him to and got him hooked on cocaine.  I have no idea if he was telling the truth or not, but it made for a good story.)

My old boyfriend had cleaned up his act by the time I met him, and was decently reticent about his past, but it was pretty clear from the few stories he told that (a) Rolling Stone personnel, at least at one time, had embraced the drug culture with gusto and (b) that it was a sleazy, counter-culture magazine.  Today, all you need to do to know that it is still a sleazy, counter-culture (read:  anti-American) magazine is to buy a copy at the store — or, better yet, leaf through one and then abandon it without bothering to buy it.  As for the drug issues that were once a part of the magazine’s culture, perhaps the drugs’ legacy lives on and helps explain the shoddy, vicious journalism that routinely emanates from that saggy, flabby, 1960s era hangover.

Don’t believe me about shoddy, vicious journalism?  I understand that.  My old boyfriend’s stories about the magazine’s past are pure hearsay.  But right now, today, Michael Yon has actual percipient witness journalism on his side when it comes to challenging Rolling Stone’s most recent smear piece about our troops in Afghanistan.  Read Yon and your blood will boil.

Huge kudos to Yon, not only for his own journalism, but for his willingness to take on one of the old media’s sacred cows.

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  • Charles Martel

    I honest to God do not know anybody who reads Rolling Stone. I’ve never run into many literate dopers, and the magazine originally appealed to people who are now in their mid-fifties and older, so I’m surprised the damned thing is still around.

    However, there’s a Rolling Stone mentality out there among Jon Stewart Leibowitz fans and Daily Kos/Huffpo habituees, namely a reflexive disdain for complexity or old America.

    A shame that people like Yon, and you, Book, and the other good conservative bloggers out there have to constantly stoop so low to engage the left.

  • Danny Lemieux

    The only saving grace of Rolling Stone is that it was the gateway that gave forth P.J. O’Rourke and all his wit.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Too bad Yon’s just as distorted in his own views a Rolling Stone. He’s just ideologically opposed to RS. The lack of balance and the abundance of self-bias, remains the same for both.