WaPo columnist Richard Cohen wrote a Dear Diary type confessional this morning. The headline gets right to the point: “When Linda cheated.” And this afternoon Gawker got to their point – Cohen ought to be fired.
Their opening line: “Today Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, the paper’s resident expert on racism and sexism who should be immediately fired by new owner Jeff Bezos, delves deep into the mysteries of the human heart to explain why Huma Abedin continues to stand by Anthony Weiner.” They go on to remind everyone that Cohen “fucked Peter Jennings wife back in the day.”
Gawker isn’t the only news outlet to call for Cohen’s head on a stick. Last year, Washington City Paper‘s sharp-tongued Will Sommer also wanted Cohen axed. In November of 2012 he wrote, “As long as Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth is looking for old guys to toss overboard, may I suggest columnist Richard Cohen?” This was in reference to a column Cohen wrote about the casting of James Bond and the ability of a much older man to attract younger women. You can guess where this is going – Cohen ultimately wants young women to sway his way: “The name is Cohen. Richard Cohen.” (Blech…)
Back in Cohen’s confessional from this morning…he writes that cheating and forgiving falls into the realm of the “who knows”? As in who knows what you’d really do if it happened to you. In his column, he writes about how he thought he would react if “Linda” ever cheated, and then what happened. Which is that, like Huma Abedin, wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-D**khead), he stayed.
“I could tell you of others, men as well as women, but they are not public or historical figures, and they own the rights to their own lives. Still, the story is the same. Something happened, something painful and sometimes mortifying, but the spouse stays, a smile affixed to her face. For the kids. For the place in the country. Out of love. Out of lethargy. Who knows? That’s the whole point. Who knows?
Cohen conjures up a variety of wild reasons he stayed with “Linda”, including, as TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry highlighted in a post, “But when she cried, when she begged, when she — let’s be honest here — looked so damned good, I wanted only to remain with this woman.”