Earlier today, Yahoo! News fired their Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he made a joke about Mitt and Ann Romney being “happy to have a party when black people drown” — a reference to Hurricane Isaac, which has been affected the Gulf Coast and Louisiana. Chalian apologized for his comment, calling it “inappropriate” and “thoughtless.”
I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney. I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo News and ABC News.
Yahoo! News confirmed they’ve terminated his employment, releasing their own statement earlier today:
“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.”
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