Yahoo’s news chief has just been fired after a hot mic caught him joking off camera during an ABC webcast that Mitt Romney was “happy to have a party when black people are drowning.”
Here’s the video:
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 over a break 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.
Now, when is NBC going to fire the “news” executives who cut away from the RNC broadcast every time a minority speaker was at the podium?
UPDATE: PBS’s Gwen Iffil tweets that David Chalian is “God’s gift to political journalism.” And she wonders why she didn’t get picked to moderate one of the 2012 debates…