In closing, it is not too late to reconsider your endorsement of Hillary Clinton as President. Wisdom can be achieved by research and experience. I urge you to practice some objective journalism and do your homework. Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be President of these yet to be United States.
To Jann S. Wenner, Publisher of Rolling Stone magazine:
Dear Mr. Wenner:
My name is Michael Ingmire. I am the Uncle, by marriage, of Benghazi murder victim Sean Smith. I was disheartened and angry by your recent editorial, “Hillary Clinton for President” (RS 1258, March 23, 2016), proposing Hillary Clinton as “the clear and urgent choice” to become President of the United States for the 2016 election.
Before I explain my anger I want to quote the American songwriter, Johnny Mercer, and “accentuate the positive.”
Looking back at the age of 58, I can objectively see that Rolling Stone magazine was a seminal source of information when I was starting out as a musician. The 1970 John Lennon interviews, the articles about various innovative Blues, Jazz, and Rock musicians in 1960’s and 1970’s helped shape my rhythmic soul and musical taste. When musicians have passed your obituary tributes have always been well written and historically accurate. In addition, the writing and work of such Rolling Stone writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph J. Gleason, Robert Palmer, and Cameron Crowe, among others, broadened my horizons as a music historian and as a political observer. For that, I thank you.
But Jann, somewhere in the mid-1980’s, you lost me as a consistent reader. More pages were allotted to a pastiche of ad space and, unfortunately, the music became more corporate and less interesting. Additionally, a movement was started in your magazine towards less and less objective journalism and more and more a promotion of some oddly bent agenda. As the years passed the pursuit of a biased agenda culminated in the strange love dance that you seem to have with President Barack Obama and the members of his administration.