Yahoo! Fires Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian

David Chalian
Yahoo! News hired David Chalian, the former political editor at “PBS Newshour,” back in November 2011.  He became the Washington bureau chief of Yahoo! News as part of their way to renew their focus on original content and political coverage of the 2012 presidential election.  Chalian blew this opportunity because he was fired this past week over something foolish.

Chalian was recorded at the Republican National Convention saying that convention officials were “happy to have a party with black people drowning” in a reference to Hurricane Isaac.  Yahoo! said that the remarks that Chalian made was “inappropriate and does not represent the views” of the company.

“We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended,” said Yahoo!

Chalian said that he was profoundly sorry for making an “inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”  He also publicly apologized to the Romneys.

Chalian’s statement was made on Monday night during Yahoo!’s live web video coverage of the convention.  The coverage is being produced in partnership with ABC News where Chalian worked as a political director until 2010.

“Feel free to say, ‘They’re not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning,’” said Chalian to an unidentified guest.  Laughter was heard in the background too.

[NYT]

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