Monday, June 23, 2014

Bill Maher #322 Wish-Fulfillment Magazine Fantasies

Is butter the new health food?
by Catherine Giordano
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

And finally,
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.”

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.