Once a top anti-establishment voice, Rolling Stone now ripped for being ‘government newsletter’

Rolling Stone’s recent take on former President Donald Trump’s mugshot presented the rag as a “government newsletter” far removed from its anti-establishment reputation.

“Now they Rage For the Machine…”

Progressivism’s ceaseless effort to drag the Overton window as left as it can go has made conservatism appear increasingly edgy. Contrariwise, status quo disruptors like Rolling Stone magazine have found themselves on the side of the swamp creatures clinging to power throughout all levels of authority.

Shortly after Trump surrendered himself at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia Thursday after being indicted for an alleged effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election result in the state, the president’s widely publicized mugshot was used to promote the political left’s guilty until proven innocent views.

“f*ck around… find out,” the publication captioned side-by-side images of Trump speaking at his Jan. 6, 2021 rally in Washington, D.C. and his Georgia booking photo.

Among those reacting to the message being sent by the magazine, Walk Away founder Brandon Straka captioned the post on X, “Rolling Stone was once the voice of counter culture. Now it’s a government newsletter.”

To Straka’s point, the Trump take was just the latest example of Rolling Stone’s pro-establishment paradigm. In one recent instance, the overnight sensation Oliver Anthony’s hit song “Rich Men North of Richmond” was given the partisan treatment in a piece titled “Right-Wing Influencers Just Found Their Favorite New Country Song.”

Similarly, the magazine had been one of many corporate media outlets railing against the runaway success film “Sound of Freedom” that endeavored to expose the realities of human trafficking, in particular child sex trafficking. Rolling Stone had referred to it as a “Superhero Movie for Dads With Brainworms” as they joined other outlets in smearing it as “QAnon-tinged.”

The list of examples didn’t end there, nor was Straka alone in calling out the magazine for being little more than state approved propaganda. In fact, as reporter Heather Mullins pointed out with the cover story on Dzhokar Tsarnaev, “The same propaganda magazine that put the Boston Marathon bomber on their cover, & called him a ‘popular and promising student’, is now attacking Trump after he was arrested by Fulton County thugs in a politically motivated attack. @RollingStone is in bed with the criminals.”

More slams filled social media as one user pointed out, “They used to Rage Against the Machine…Now they Rage For the Machine…My how times have changed.”

Another ripped Rolling Stone and what their Trump post meant for news media contending, “This tells you all you need to know about the current state of ‘journalism.'”

“Your magazine is a garbage dump,” added Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt for good measure while others encouraged them to “Delete your account.”

Kevin Haggerty


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