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  • On November 4, 2013, Cohen wrote a column about the film “12 Years a Slave”, in which he evinced personal ignorance of the history of slavery in the U.S. and a negative view of abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. Shortly afterwards, on November 11, in the course of a column about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Cohen referred to the recent victory of Bill De Blasio as Mayor of New York and De Blasio's very successful wife, Chirlane McCray writing: "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.
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