Skip to comments.Yahoo News fires David Chalian (black people drowning comment)
Posted on 08/29/2012 10:40:05 AM PDT by Hojczyk
Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO.
"They're not concerned at all. They're happy to have a party with black people drowning," Chalian said during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast.
The conservative media watchdog organization NewsBusters first posted audio of Chalian's remarks, but referred to him as an ABC News employee (and offered slightly inaccurate transcription). ABC News spokesperson Julie Townsend informed the organization that Chalian was with Yahoo.
Chalian and Yahoo News spokesperson Kristen Morquecho did not respond to requests for comment; Townsend also did not respond to a request for comment. (ABC News, where Chalian was political director until 2010, has partnered with Yahoo News for 2012 political coverage).
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): Yahoo News confirms:
"David Chalian's statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended."
Let them keep it up ... we get the last laugh in November
Good for Yahoo!
Just plain disgusting, and a healthy reminder as to why I read no news story authored by an American.
Are they going to fire the idiots around him who were LAUGHING when he said that idiotic statement
Great news about the firing, poor baby, but hey, Obama is always looking for new people to bend over and kiss his ass
Fooling no one.
And ABC News it has not escaped our attention that this crud was your political news director for HOW long?
NBC will find a place for him, no problemo.
Very gratified to hear he was fired. Surprised, but happy.
Yahoo is a pig sty of liberal bs. He was only fired because he was caught.
oh... i dont know... either way will be a sad day for this union of states.
Im not going to be laughing.
one jackass down 999999999999 more to go.
He’ll go work for MSNBC now.
Yahoo is a pig sty of liberal bs.
It is......but the comments section isn’t. Hehe!
Well my jaw just dropped. They must really believe that Romney’s going to win this, because firing the culprits of these kinds of things, much less apologising to a Republican, is NOT standard operating procedure.
Are blacks really that easily manipulated by lily white liberals? I would think that blacks would get sick and tired and be disgusted by lily white liberals always playing the race card in order to get them [blacks] to react.
“in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast”
why, is Mitt suppose to go take charge at Fema, so Obama doesn’t have to take any possible blame for it, if there is any
So, Obama does not have to abandon the campaign trail, in solidarity with NO, but the GOP is supposed to leave Tampa in solidarity with NO. Like that makes non-racist sense - NOT!!!
He’ll be back.
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