Rolling Stone used to be a magazine about music. But in recent years, it took a hard left turn and even featured one of the Boston Marathon bombers on its cover. They also published an explosive story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia which turned out to be a gigantic lie.
Now they’re running on empty and the magazine needs to be sold.
The New York Times reports:
Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale
From a loft in San Francisco in 1967, a 21-year-old named Jann S. Wenner started a magazine that would become the counterculture bible for baby boomers. Rolling Stone defined cool, cultivated literary icons and produced star-making covers that were such coveted real estate they inspired a song.
But the headwinds buffeting the publishing industry, and some costly strategic missteps, have steadily taken a financial toll on Rolling Stone, and a botched story three years ago about an unproven gang rape at the University of Virginia badly bruised the magazine’s journalistic reputation.
And so, after a half-century reign that propelled him into the realm of the rock stars and celebrities who graced his covers, Mr. Wenner is putting his company’s controlling stake in Rolling Stone up for sale, relinquishing his hold on a publication he has led since its founding.
Mr. Wenner had long tried to remain an independent publisher in a business favoring size and breadth. But he acknowledged in an interview last week that the magazine he had nurtured would face a difficult, uncertain future on its own.
The same thing happened to Newsweek magazine when they went hard left. The same thing is happening to ESPN.
Are you sensing a pattern?