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Rachel Maddow Eviscerates 'Ex-Gay' Richard Cohen on Uganda


Rachel Maddow interviewed "ex-gay" Richard Cohen about his book, which is being cited by those wanting to kill gays in Uganda. Cohen acts oblivious to some of the things contained in it.

Says Maddow: "I'm reading it from your book...dude."


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  1. Watching his smile-grimace as Rachel pounded him into the ground was satisfying, but was anyone else distracted by his abnormally shiny ears? Perhaps he should have listed that as a factor for homosexuality instead of race.

    Posted by: T.R | Dec 9, 2009 7:35:30 AM

  2. I love you Rachel!

    Posted by: Kurt from Brooklyn | Dec 9, 2009 7:53:29 AM

  3. Rachel is wonderful. She is consistently prepared, informed and accurate and apologizes when she occassionally misspeaks-very refreshing. Unfortunately the folks that need to hear her don't and won't and will probably not have an audience of any kind now that NBC is in the process of being bought out by a cable conglomerate and will probably eviscerate the news division -meaning Keith and Rachel have a short shelf life. Afterall- America wants to be entertained not informed-god forbid.

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 9, 2009 7:53:47 AM

  4. Wow! Maybe next he can "cure" stupidity by using himself as a guinea pig!

    Posted by: Cat Martini | Dec 9, 2009 7:58:00 AM

  5. She is so awesome!

    Posted by: david | Dec 9, 2009 8:25:52 AM

  6. She pretty much wrecked his confidence. I'm VERY glad that she emphasized his lack of credentials. People like Mr. Cohen are just con artists who gain trust by misleading people into believing they accredited professionals with proper training.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 9, 2009 8:31:30 AM

  7. A true fierce advocate rather than a pretender.

    Posted by: silverkjk | Dec 9, 2009 8:37:04 AM

  8. like who would want that UGLY mofo anyway! This is such BS. Cohen is an asshole.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 9, 2009 8:47:49 AM

  9. this guy is such an ass....hey I could make babies too with a woman, but I am NOT attracted to them. Thi idiot is STILL gay, he's just not acting on it.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 9, 2009 9:01:56 AM

  10. He mentions taking quotes from his book out of context. Well, that's what the church has been doing for years in regards to homosexuality.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 9, 2009 9:08:41 AM

  11. That's a horrible thought, Nick. I don't see how NBC can get rid of someone as professional and intelligent as Rachel.

    But then, this is America.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 9, 2009 9:09:30 AM

  12. The ex gay movement is, as others have noted, a grift. In principle, it's not different from faith healing, or purchasing a famous monument... It should be regulated like the scheme it is. Given the potential for serious harm that it represents according to the APA, it should be limited. Parents that send their children to ex gay camps or therapies should be deemed unfit by the state, and those kids should be removed from those homes as well as any other children that those parents have.

    This guy is a contributing factor to the Ugandan kill the gays bill, but those things were just looking for an excuse to demonize gays and introduce the bill.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 9, 2009 9:23:41 AM

  13. I watched this last night. She let him speak and then just went after him.

    Excellent job Rachel. If you are seriously not watching her everynight, there is no justice.

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 9, 2009 9:35:24 AM

  14. I enjoy how he said he got married and didn't want to, but just because. And still stuck with his wife after over 20 years and three kids. Well that's love right there. What an evil husband to be married to. What does that say about the wife?

    Posted by: dbzeag | Dec 9, 2009 9:38:30 AM

  15. And then he claims to be the victim of a hate crime for being barred from the american counseling association for unethical practices (re: demonizing gay people and promising false cures). Perhaps he ought be acquainted with what a real hate crime entails...I don't think he'd continue on with his artless abuse of language if he were privy to the kind of crime his rhetoric encourages.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 9, 2009 9:49:07 AM

  16. Of for Christ's sake, Comcast won't get rid of popular MSNBC program anchors. Comcast wants to make money. Those anchors make them money. The reason why MSNBC is gaining in ratings is because they're the anti-FOX. Partisan reporting is a boom industry. Regardless, I'm just happy Maddow plays for our team.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Dec 9, 2009 10:08:37 AM

  17. he got fucked by a woman (rachel maddow). as ugly and weasley as he is, no man would have him, so he went for a desperate woman.

    he is a despicable excuse for a man.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 9, 2009 10:19:55 AM

  18. I watched this last night and was jumping up and down with giddy laughter during this interview. Rachel's handling of this douchebag last night is the main reason Ruthuglicans and right-wingers won't come on to her show: she's informed, persistent, counters with facts,and can spot BS from a mile away.

    She'll hand them their balls on a platter, coat it with humble juice and force them to eat them.

    *whimper* I love you Rachel.......leave Susan and move-in with me....we can be happy gay roommates forever.....

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Dec 9, 2009 10:22:24 AM

  19. They don't come any creepier than this guy! Anyone else notice that he appeared to literally be shaking by the end of his disembowelment? I LOVE it! You GO Rachel!

    Posted by: Todd | Dec 9, 2009 10:31:58 AM

  20. First off: People, let's not demean ourselves and Towleroad by trashing people for how they look. Let's elevate the conversation, lest this site devolve into another Queerty.

    Second: What's sad about this ex-gay therapy is that so many gay people are conflicted about their sexuality and religion and "normalcy" that they subject themselves to these therapies. I hope that as time goes on, gay people no longer believe they can't be gay and also have a family and church.

    Third: Rachel rocks! What an example of real journalism and asking the real questions. I wish she could put Obama through the ringer too!

    Posted by: Trog | Dec 9, 2009 10:41:11 AM

  21. Rachael did an amazing job of calling this guy out on the disingenuous bullshit he's propagating. If you've ever read his books, you know just how dangerous this guy is. Way to go, Rachael!

    Posted by: markles | Dec 9, 2009 10:48:17 AM

  22. I love watching her do that.

    Posted by: Garet | Dec 9, 2009 10:57:41 AM

  23. I bet he was so stressed out after that interview that he had to go suck a cock.

    Posted by: bunker | Dec 9, 2009 11:57:14 AM

  24. The world could use more Rachel Maddow types. Call them out, no pun intended, for what they are!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 9, 2009 11:58:55 AM

  25. Beneath all the pseudo-love and tolerance he preaches (not to mention the pseudo-science) is the fact that what he wants to do, basically, is recruit gay children and convert them to an unnatural (for them) heterosexual lifestyle. Yet he thinks gay people are the predators! These con artists are increasingly insignificant in the US, so they're taking their mission worldwide with effects like we're seeing in Uganda. Blood on his hands and on his dirty money.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 9, 2009 12:07:27 PM

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