NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the GOP convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were "happy to have a party with black people drowning."

Company spokeswoman Anne Espiritu said Wednesday that David Chalian's remark was inappropriate and does not represent Yahoo's views.

"We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offend," she said.

Chalian made the remark during a hot-mic moment before Yahoo began its live coverage of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday evening. Yahoo is streaming coverage in association with ABC News.

The website Newsbusters posted a copy of the video and the audio. 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.
 

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8 thoughts on “Yahoo Fires Bureau Chief for Romney/Blacks Remark

  1. tcbasssr on said:

    @GWANEDM…I am also a black amle that is tired of the race issue being played by both parties, but you have to also open your eyes and see the things that are happening or that has happened during President Obama’s 1st term..to many times he has not be referred to as President Obama and just Obama…that has never happen to any other President …all out disrespect from Senators and Governors is astounding…now I have no probelm understanding the true issues that are hampering our society today, and I think that the President and his counterpart Romney must try to keep this from being a racial race…but when a black camera woman is having peanuts thrown at her at the GOP convention and rude remarks made to her, it only kind of adds a light that will give the perception of who supports that party, and what their agenda is…so perception goes a very long way to the eye of the people…every Republican is not a racist and every Democrat isnt black….but lets not be naive to things that are in plain view…

  2. loycetate on said:

    redbone 1954 you are right. The truth is the light! I just hope that Black folks come out in droves and beat the statistics that the Republican owned networks would have us to believe. I have been surveyed a few times and it is possible to determine the outcome before the vote based on statistics. The news media then discourages blacks from voting thinking that their vote won’t count. But if we go to the polls in numbers and count on those not counted in we can ensure OBAMA is in office. In all actuality a President needs 8 years to be effective anyway It takes the first 4 years to get your crew in line and to weed out the imposters, those in it for self gain (political appointments). The Presidency has the opportunity to employ hundreds as the most powerful position, hopefully OBAMA will be able to seat those during the next 4 years. Let’s keep the tag going strong in solidarity! OBAMA 2012

  3. redbone1954 on said:

    Well the comment was correct they are happy to have a party while Black people are drowning. I am sorry he lost his job but that is EXACTLY what mittens and the repugnuts intend to do if he gets elected THEY WILL HAVE ANOTHER PARTY WHILE BLACK PEOPLE ARE DROWNING weather it is in Florida or in Washington if this clown gets elected.He has never given a rats a$$ about people of color or the poor remember the statement “we don’t need to woory about the poor they are already being taken care of” Oh really mittens? He needs to take his ignorant butt and his equally ignorant running mate and go away. President Obama will wipe the floor with him in the debates just wait and see OBAMA 2012

  4. The white man is a fading breed the world is closing in on him I would say crazy things to. But he’s not gonna go out easy this economic crises is him putting up 1 of his last fights. Peace to the people all over the world of color.

  5. DUKODY1 on said:

    Why does it have to be Blacks drowning. Why couln’t it be Americans are drowning. Not surprised by these bias Obama media supporters. Racism is one of the theme’s this year for Obama. Hope, Change, Civility, Change the way Washington do Business, are the LIES of the past. But what is strange is how Blacks expect Romney to be Mr Perfect with Black folks, when they allow thier so-called first Black POTUS to steady embarrass them. Obama calls Blacks LAZY, WHINERS, “Get of the Couch”, “Do something for yourself”. Romney would never speak out against any race of Americans. A True POTHUS and True LEADER of the FREE World would never speak out on his people he represent. Only a Incompetent Chicago Slumlord Community Organizer would use these words to degrade people that he don’t understand. If Romney would say this, all these so-called Weak Shameful Black leaders would be Marching singing “WE SHALL OVERCOME. Where is the True Black representation. I wil answer that, there are HIDING, SCARED to Challenge Obama, but ready to blame Romney. Cowards. And these debates you folks mentioned Obama sweeping the floor.Well He swept the floor against McCain, but we don’t need a floor sweeper we need a TRUE LEADER. Someone to make you, me , and every other American in this Great Free Country of ours, PROUD. Vote For You This Time. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT.

  6. gwanedm on said:

    @ Redbone I completely disagree with you! The comment was just wrong! I do not believe that just because someone is a Republican that they are automatically a racist. You speak as if racism in America only exists on the Political right and doesn’t exist in the democrat party. If you believe that then you are completely uninformed. I really think that most of America is tired of the race baiting. As a Black Man I am sick of it! I am tired of people always insinuating that just because someone is a Republican they are automatically a racist. If the Democrats are going to win elections why can’t they win in the arena of ideas! Why can’t it be because the liberal ideas are better and not because they claim Republicans are racists! Show me some real proof that the Republican party or the Tea party movement as a matter of policy has adopted a racist platform!

  7. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    I LOVE IT FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW WHITE PEOPLE HAVE A FLAW,,,,WHEN THEY ARE IN CONTROL OF ANYTHING THEY SAY WHATEVER TO WHO EVER IN THIS CASE IT WAS TO MILLIONS AND WHEN HIS MIND WENT BLANK AND HIS MOUTH KEPT RUNNING HIS TRUE FEELINS CAME TO LIGHT….WHEN HIS MIND CAME BACK ON LINE HE DIDNT REALIZE WHAT HIS MOUTH HAD DONE.. THATS WHY HE HAD THAT BLANK LOOK ON HIS FACE AS IF WHAT DID NOT MOUTH GET MY A** IN..WATCH OVER THE NEXT 90 DAYS THEIR WILL BE MORE OF THEM COMING TO LIGHT…

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