Yahoo’s David Chalian Fired for Saying Romneys “Happy to Have a Party When Black People Drown”

Leah Barkoukis

8/29/2012 1:08:00 PM - Leah Barkoukis

Apparently no lessons were learned from Obama’s hot mic incident. NewsBusters has the scoop on this one:

"During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama.

In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.

They aren’t concerned at all,” the person says on tape. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown.”

That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.

Unmentioned by Chalian was the fact that the Republican National Committee canceled the entirety of Monday's program or that President Obama did not cancel any of his regularly scheduled campaign fund-raising parties that night."

If they are as coldhearted and racist as this person seems to suggest, Ann Romney wouldn’t have deviated from her speech at the very beginning to say this:

“Just so you all know the hurricane has hit landfall and I think we should all take this moment and recognize that fellow Americans are in its path and just hope and pray that all remain safe and no life is lost and no property is lost. So we should all be thankful for this great country and grateful for our first responders and all that keep us safe in this wonderful country.”

Click here for more on the MSM’s hyper-racial RNC coverage.

UPDATE 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. [...]

UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): Yahoo News confirms:

"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."