A publishing tycoon’s granddaughter takes on “Cosmo” magazine Show Notes

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Keep your teens away from Cosmo.

Cosmopolitan magazine is pornographic, harmful to its readers and shouldn't be sold to anyone under 18.  That’s according to Victoria Hearst, granddaughter and an heir of magazine tycoon William Randolf Hearst, whose company publishes Cosmo.

Victoria is a Christian, and tells Fox News, "About 12 years ago, I noticed how pornographic the content of Cosmopolitan magazine was.  I telephoned Frank Bennack, head of the company, and told him Cosmo should not be sold to minors, and that I would like to address the board about it.

“He refused to allow it and refused to admit that Cosmo is pornography. Sex sells and the company does not care that Cosmo gets into the hands of children."

Now, Victoria Hearst has joined former model Nicole Weider in a campaign to get the magazine put in an opaque plastic wrapper and to restrict sales to those under age 18.

She says "It's important to understand that we are not trying to censor Cosmopolitan magazine or stop the Hearst Corporation from printing it.”

"We are simply asking Hearst to take responsibility for the magazine's pornographic content and make sure that it is sold to adults only.”

Victoria says since Hearst is refusing to do that, she and Nicole are speaking to legislators to have Cosmo fall under the guidelines of states' 'Material Harmful To Minors' laws. That would make it illegal to sell the magazine to teens.

To learn more about this story, you can go to FoxNews.com and enter “Cosmo” in the search engine.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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