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POSTMEDIA NETWORK

July 30, 2017

Back in 1970, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, soon to be a fixture in Rolling Stone, wrote a letter to the magazine’s editor in praise of its coverage of the violence-plagued Altamont festival in California where one concert goer was beaten to death, two more died in a hit-and-run, and a third drowned in an irrigation ditch.

“Print’s a hell of a good medium by any standard,” he wrote.

He then added this warning.

“Just don’t f—k it up with pompous bullshit.”

So, here we are, 47 years later. Thompson has been dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound for 12 of those years, and Rolling Stone just thumbed their nose and disowned his warning with a pompous cover story on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the “North Star.”

Back in 1970, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, soon to be a fixture in Rolling Stone, wrote a letter to the magazine’s editor in praise of its coverage of the violence-plagued Altamont festival in California where one concert goer was beaten to death, two more died in a hit-and-run, and a third drowned in an irrigation ditch.

“Print’s a hell of a good medium by any standard,” he wrote.

He then added this warning.

“Just don’t f—k it up with pompous bullshit.”

So, here we are, 47 years later. Thompson has been dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound for 12 of those years, and Rolling Stone just thumbed their nose and disowned his warning with a pompous cover story on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the “North Star.”

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