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After making an incendiary comment targeted at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Yahoo News‘ Washington bureau chief David Chalian was fired on Wednesday.
During a broadcast of Tuesday evening’s Republican National Convention, Chalian said that Romney and his wife, Ann, were “not concerned at all” and “happy to have a party with black people drowning.” It appears Chalian was referring to Hurricane Isaac, which struck the Gulf Coast and New Orleans during the same time of the convention. An audio of Chalian’s comment was posted by NewsBusters which was followed by a statement from Yahoo News announcing the termination of Chalian.
“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,” said a statement from a Yahoo spokesperson.
Chalian has since apologized to Romney both publicly and privately. “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke,” he said. “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.”