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Rolling Stone’s Biggest Scoops, Exposés and Controversies

Rolling Stone's Biggest Scoops, Exposés and Controversies

Photograph by John Lennon

Rolling Stone's first anniversary issue featured its first nude cover subjects: John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was also the magazine's first issue to completely sell out on newsstands. Read "John and Yoko – Busted and Naked" from Issue 22 in All Access now.

Journalists Exposed as Secret CIA Operatives

Journalists Exposed as Secret CIA Operatives

Months after leaving The Washington Post, where he uncovered the Watergate scandal with partner Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein spent six months examining the relationship between the CIA and the media during the Cold War for RS. The groundbreaking piece exposed the fact that more than 400 American journalists,­ including reporters for The New York Times, Associated Press and Reuters, doubled as CIA operatives. "Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services — from simple intelligence-gathering to serving as go-betweens with spies in Communist countries," Bernstein wrote. Read "The CIA and the Media" from Issue 250 in All Access now.

AIDS Explained

AIDS Explained

AIDS was still a mystery to both the public and many scientists when David Black wrote this award-winning two-part feature about the disease in 1985. Black explained the nearly unimaginable suffering AIDS had inflicted upon the gay community, and prophetically laid out how it would soon spread to the rest of the world. Read "The Plague Years" from Issue 444 in All Access now.

Birth of Fast Food Nation

Birth of Fast Food Nation

Twelve years ago, reporter Eric Schlosser set out on a cross-country journey to discover how fast food restaurants were affecting agriculture, the economy and America's health. The two-part article was turned into a best-selling book, and later a movie. Read "Fast Food Nation" from Issue 800 in All Access now.

David Crosby Revealed as Father of Melissa Etheridge's Children

Photograph by Mark Seliger

David Crosby Revealed as Father of Melissa Etheridge’s Children

In the late 1990s, Americans had two worries: will Y2K kill us all, and who is the father of Melissa Etheridge's children? The rumor mill pointed to everybody from Brad Pitt to Bruce Springsteen, but in early 2000, Etheridge got tired of dodging the question and announced it was David Crosby on the cover of Rolling Stone. Read "Melissa's Secret" from Issue 833 in All Access now.

Generation Kill

Generation Kill

Journalist Evan Wright spent two months embedded as a reporter with the marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Occasionally brandishing a weapon and frequently in danger, Wright wrote a gripping three-part account of the early days of the war. "Generation Kill" won a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting, and was later turned into an HBO mini series.

The Man Who Sold The War by James Bamford

The Man Who Sold The War by James Bamford

During the run-up to the Iraqi war, the Bush Administration hired "perception management" expert John Rendon to sell the public and journalists on the merits of the war. For $16 million, Rendon fed journalists, including Judith Miller of The New York Times, bogus intelligence about Iraq's WMD program.

Ohio Election Stolen

Ohio Election Stolen

George W. Bush's re-election in 2004 all came down to Ohio. Bush won the state (and thus the presidency) by nearly 119,000 votes, but in a Rolling Stone investigation, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. alleged that Republicans prevented more than 350,000 Democrats in the state from casting ballots.

The Great American Bubble Machine

The Great American Bubble Machine

When the American economy began tanking in 2008, nobody knew quite who to blame, but Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi argued that much of it was the doing of Goldman Sachs. "The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money," Taibbi wrote. "In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates." Read "The Great American Bubble Machine" from Issue 1082 in All Access now.

Obama Criticized for Role in BP Oil Spill

Obama Criticized for Role in BP Oil Spill

A Democrat in the White House has never led to Rolling Stone laying off the executive branch. ?Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample warnings — yet the administration had ignored them,? RS's Tim Dickinson wrote in Issue 1107. ?Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency's culture of corruption. He permitted it to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling operations by BP — a firm with the worst safety record of any oil company — with virtually no environmental safeguards, using industry-friendly regulations drafted during the Bush years." Read "The Spill, The Scandal and The President" from Issue 1107 in All Access now.

Runaway General

Runaway General

President Barack Obama relieved his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, from duty after the military leader disparaged his bosses to Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings. The bombshell story led Obama to summon McChrystal to DC from the Middle East, and replace the general with David Petraeus. Read "The Runaway General" from Issue 1108-1109 now.

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