The Washington bureau chief for Yahoo News was fired today for inadvertently saying into an open microphone during a live joint webcast with ABC, that Mitt and Ann Romney didn’t care that black people were being killed by Hurricane Isaac.
Within 24 hours of his unintentional true feelings being webcast to the world (video, lower left), David Chalian was unceremoniously sacked by Yahoo News.
As reported by CNSNews.com:
“The video showed Ann and Mitt Romney while the audio picked up background conversation, not all of it intelligible, about the GOP convention taking place as Hurricane Isaac hit the Louisiana coast.
Someone makes a remark, ‘they’re not concerned at all.’
In a clearer voice, Chalian says, ‘they are happy to have a party with black people drowning.'”
The same news article reports:
“But only one death had been reported as the hurricane plodded across the state, that of a man who authorities said had gone to help friends move a vehicle from under a tree and fell after climbing 18 feet up it.”
Meanwhile At Yahoo…
In a separate article from NewsBusters.com, Yahoo released the following press statement:
“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.”
The former Yahoo newser has since apologized via Facebook, claiming his comment was a “joke”:
“I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.
I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics.
I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney.
I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo News and ABC News.”
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