Rolling Stone Gets An F In U.S. History

Rolling Stone's latest issue is designed to start a buzz again. It's Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (at age 53) in the nude, with an image of the Constitution on her back to promote her HBO series "Veep." We know it's unlikely most Veeps would jump at the chance to pose naked for Rolling Stone. Maybe Joe Biden.

Anyway, the nudity hasn't been as scandalous as the cheeky decision to have John Hancock's historic large signature at the bottom of the Constitution image -- when John Hancock's signature appeared on the Declaration of Independence. How many Rolling Stone readers might notice through the bong haze?

USA Today reports "It's arguable how many Americans are up on their history enough to spot the gaffe. But Philadelphia's National Constitution Center certainly is, and it wasted no time tweeting 'George Washington to @RollingStone - Thanks for the shout out but no Hancock here...' and included a photo of the signers' rendered in bronze."

See this NewsBusters Refresher: In the October 24, 2013 edition of Rolling Stone, leftist historian Sean Wilentz wrote an article on "Right-wing extremism and the lessons of history." Apparently, one of those lessons is that America is let down by the press and its "twisted objectivity"  where "falsehoods get reported as simply one side of an argument."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis