Yahoo fires David Chalian for joking that Romney's OK with black people drowning

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Yahoo News fired David Chalian, Dylan Byers reports. Chalian was Yahoo's Washington bureau chief and was apparently the person who cracked a joke on a hot mic Monday, saying Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, were "happy to have a party with black people drowning" and not concerned about New Orleans residents who are being affected by Hurricane Isaac. Newsbusters first reported the blunder and has a video on its site.

Yahoo tweeted Chalian's firing:

Chalian's former colleague Gwen Ifill tweeted strong support for Chalian, calling him "God's gift to political journalism."

Chalian was hired by Yahoo last November after working at PBS NewsHour and ABC News. At the time of his hire, he said he was looking forward to Yahoo's ability to "deliver high impact, high quality storytelling in what is shaping up to be a really consequential presidential election." Washington media-gossip site FishbowlDC said Yahoo threw a "swanky soiree" to mark Chalian's hiring.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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