Goodbye! Yahoo fires news chief for saying Romney “happy to have a party when black people are drowning”

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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:


from Politico:

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.

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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…