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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Takes Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen to Task

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by Beth Hanna
November 18, 2013 12:14 PM
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Check out Stephen Colbert taking a bite out of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who most recently infuriated the media and anyone with a brain by clumsily penning that "people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York -- a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” (Cohen later tried to explain that he was not reflecting his own views.)

Here's the quote in full:

“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)”

Colbert then goes on to take Cohen to task by suppressing gagging throughout his monologue -- because, you know, that's the conventional reaction. Watch below.

Speaking of Colbert, he also did a lovely job singing and acting alongside Neil Patrick Harris in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," which we finally caught during a recent airing on PBS. We've included video of that, too, below.

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