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On episode 322 (June 20, 2014) of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher talked about a news story about Dr. Oz touting green coffee extract as a “miracle” and “magic” weight loss aid. (When a doctor uses words like “miracle” and “magic” you know he has sold out.) Maher then held up a Time magazine showing the cover story about weight-loss titled, “Eat More Butter” as an example of another sell-out.
Maher claimed this was all about telling people what they want to hear, and he had a few magazine cover story ideas of his own.
Maxim: You Have a Chance with These Women (the supermodels on the cover)
Boys Life: If All the Scouts are Doing It, It is Not Really Gay
Rolling Stone: You’re Right: The Music Today Sucks
Sports Illustrated: Video Gamers: The Real Athletes
AARP: That Smell Isn’t Really Coming from You
Cosmopolitan: How to Drive Your Man Wild with Oral Sex Once a Year
Hustler: Masturbation Prevents Cancer
Modern Parenting: How to Raise a Genius by Sticking Your Toddler in Front of the TV All Day
Read the full review and recap of episode #322 at Premium Cable Reviews.
I decided to do a few wish-fulfillment cover stories of my own.
AARP: 70 is the new 40
Vogue: Old Clothes are Vintage Treasures
Money; Bottle Cap Collections Worth Millions
Prevention: New Medical Research Shows Sugar Prevents Cancer
Mother Jones: Occupy: Potent Political Force
Cosmopolitan: Flat-Chested Women Have Better Orgasms
The Journal of Lost Causes: Stop Me Before I Blog Again
While doing research for this post, I decided to subscribe to Mother Jones as a public service. They have a lot of great stories. They are also non-profit and depend on subscriptions and donations.
Do you have any ideas for magazine cover stories that would be wish-fulfillment fantasies for their readers? Share them in the “Comments” of this blog.
Bill Maher’s Guests, #322, June 6, 2014
Paul Reickhoff: Writer, veteran of the United States Army and the Iraq War, founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and author of Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective
Ta-Nehisi Coates: National correspondent at The Atlantic, which recently published his much talked about article in The Atlantic magazine, “The Case for Reparations.”
He is also the author of the memoir. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.
Glenn Greenwald: American lawyer, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author I of several books. His most recent book is No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Kristen Soltis Anderson: Republican pollster for Echelon Insights, columnist for The Daily Beast.