Cosmopolitan Magazine Is Catching Heat Over New Cover

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(CNN) - Cosmopolitan magazine is catching heat for its new cover.  Critics say the Cosmo is trying to exploit young readers with material that's too mature for them.
Kareen Wynter explains.

"I love you guys."

Her young fans love Selena Gomez right back.

The Disney channel's "wizards of Waverly Place" turned Gomez into a teen sensation, and a regular on kid fan magazines.
But showbiz tonight can tell you Selena's latest magazine cover is sparking big outrage.

"This is her on cosmopolitan magazine.  But the controversy is not about the photo it's the copy surrounding Selena.  Check this out "50 sex tips: readers share the naughtiest moves they discovered all on their own".

And what about this?  "Your orgasm guaranteed: the new trick experts swear by."

Former model Nicole Weider is blasting Cosmo, accusing editors of deliberately putting Gomez and other young stars on the cover to attract younger readers.

She says by doing that they're exposing underage girls to graphic content.

"Fifty sex tips, naughty sex tips, 75 sex moves, bad girl sex.  That's what they highlight. And that's what the basis and core of the magazine is all about."

"You have young girls reading this stuff and that's what scares you."

"Oh, completely."

Cosmo's February cover pictured Dakota Fanning who hadn't turned 18 yet  next to this headline: "too naughty to say here: but you have to try this sex trick."

"They're sexualizing young girls and they're daring them to try all these freaky sex acts."

Weider's launched an online petition at anti-Cosmo-mission-dot-com demanding the magazine shield covers in dark plastic similar to what's done with adult magazines like hustler.

"Will that solve the problem?"

"If you put a protective coating on it that means that young little five year old Jada can't flip through the magazine.  It really would help if this was sold only to adults."

But one expert on women's issues thinks Weider's anti-Cosmo campaign goes way too far.

I don't think learning about sex is going to immediately lead to irresponsible activity among young girls. Cosmo is hardly the most shocking or fearful place to learn about sex."

Piper Weiss, senior features editor at Yahoo! Shine, the women's lifestyle portal, tells showbiz tonight younger readers can find useful information in Cosmopolitan.

"It's more about a place where girls go to find out about things they're embarrassed to ask in sex ed class.  It's the place you go when you don't want to talk to your parents about something."

But Weider says Cosmo goes well beyond mere sex education.

"In this magazine it gives hard core explicit sex tips on how to give a proper (beeped) job or do this sex position "reverse cowgirl. It's pushing sex in a very graphic manner."

As for Cosmo, the magazine is defending its content and its decision to put young stars on the cover.

It tells showbiz tonight in a statement, quote: "the mature successful young women cosmopolitan features on its cover embody the fun and fearless spirit of the magazine and reflect the empowering information inside about relationships, career, health and beauty."

Weider says she's not buying it and hopes to convince federal regulators to take action against the magazine.

Kareen Wynter, CNN, Hollywood.

A likely training exercise went terribly wrong over the skies of Virginia today.
At least six people, including two pilots and a police offer, are injured after a fighter jet crashed into an apartment complex.
Rene Marsh reports.

Several apartment buildings in Virginia Beach, Virginia were left smoldering after an f/a-18 fighter jet crashed.

It shook the ground when it hit. Initially everyone was running to the scene and it was a couple large explosions and then within seconds everyone was fleeing from the scene.

The navy says the two-person crew ejected before impact. Resident Pat Kavanaugh found one of the crewmen near his apartment.

He was in shock. Still strapped to his seat. We just picked him up and we dragged him to the other side of the parking lot away from the fire until rescue could get on the scene

The plane was from a training squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. A witness noted it was flying low, and appeared to be releasing fuel. It crashed in an area of apartments and homes about half a mile from the waterfront.
Crews battled the fire as rescuers searched for survivors.

Our city crews, EMS, fire and police, have done a superb job, let me also say the people are the citizens of that neighborhood have stepped up and helped tremendously too.  All we can do is pray that once we get into these buildings our situation will be minimal as far as injuries or deaths.