Yahoo bureau chief: The GOP is happy to have a party while black people drown

posted at 2:01 pm on August 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Newsbusters. He’s now the former bureau chief:

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.”

It’s interesting that ABC, which was initially blamed for Chalian’s remark, was so quick to identify him as the culprit. They could have gone the NBC route and refused to say, insisting only that it was “someone who doesn’t work for our news department.” Maybe they got enough grief for Brian Ross’s insta-scapegoating of tea partiers after the Aurora shooting that they decided they weren’t going to take any new heat from the right on this, even if that meant naming Chalian as the offender.

Anyway, an important lesson here for the media: The next time you’re riffing with your colleagues about how much Republicans hate minorities, check the mics in the room first. Or take Patrick Brennan’s advice and jump to a network where the last tattered pretense of objectivity was discarded long ago:

Exit question: Was Chalian’s comment really the most egregious smear of convention-goers yesterday? Read Timothy Carney’s post before you answer.

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Dollar to donut says Chalian’s already got a new job with nbc/pmsnbc. Probably a raise too.

petefrt on August 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Oh boy, that didn’t take long as “journalists” now come to Chalien’s defense. Gwen Ifill, Ryan Lizza, Adam Nagourney, etc. all think poor lil David just made a teeny-tiny mistake. “What’s the problem? That’s what we all think, too!”

MikeHu on August 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

petefrt on August 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Heck, a Hostess honey bun is a buck fifty nine. Time to update.

I agree he probably has the contract in a folder. Does it matter? What’s the plan for taking back so called journalism?

Limerick on August 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

HuffPo is reporting he’s been fired.

SoFlaCon on August 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I bet he goes back to PBS…

d1carter on August 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I know that Yahoo can have a certain bias in their reporting, and especially their headlines. I mean, let’s face it, sometimes they are a bunch of yahoos.
But I give them credit for this. At least they took responsibility and laid out some consequences for the bum.

Sterling Holobyte on August 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Idiot,bye bye!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

He released an apology, as far as I’m concerned he can go F__K himself.

gsherin on August 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Does he not realize we expected to hear this, and he just point blank gave it to us ?
Can’t make this up, but we sure can predict it.

We KNOW their template.
They never swerve from it.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Unbiased wannabe Presidential Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill

gwen ifill [email protected]

One mistake does not change this. @DavidChalian is God’s gift to political journalism. #IStandwithDavid

gwen ifill [email protected]

Welcome, new twitter detractors. Here’s a good read via @ron_fournier

The article she linked to is an article outlining how Romney is supposedly playing the race card. It’s a liberal running Romney ads through a super secret dog whistle decoder ring.

But she’s not biased. Like in 2008 when she was writing a book about the Obama presidency, but was still selected to host the VP debate for some unknown reason.

She’s a hack, like almost all of them.

strictnein on August 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Maybe a bit of insurance is in order. Yard signs – bumper stickers – all for Obama/Biden. They may give the losers second thoughts about destruction activities.

News2Use on August 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

That can back-fire, too.

listens2glenn on August 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’m not trying to be clever here – but what is “Yahoo news”?

I have a yahoo email account that I check about once a day. Is it the various stuff that is on the page “”? If so, the headlines I see on that page are always about celebrities.

I did not really even know that Yahoo had a news department that employed people. I figured they just aggregated and maybe did some snarky comments.

Monkeytoe on August 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

They’re a little of both-they aggregate a lot of their “news” from other sources, but also employ their own news critters. They do the same thing at Yahoo! Sports; they have their own “experts” in various sports like the NFL, but also aggregate stories from the usual suspects.

But many of the “News” people Yahoo! employs are simply bloggers, and not much more. I found one example:

Christopher S. Moody is a writer, new media strategist and former Alaska commercial fisherman. He has traveled to nearly 20 countries and written from each one. He currently lives in Washington DC and is completing a masters in government at The Johns Hopkins University.

Impeccable “journalistic qualifications”, eh what?

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

On CNN, Wolfie has been breathlessly flogging the story about the peanuts and the black CNN camera lady. Good little appartchik!

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Are you surprised their identity has become public?

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Are you surprised their identity has become public?

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wolfie even had a panel discussion about it, with Donna Rio de Janeiro and some other Democrat Talking Head.

Curious how they never once mentioned this story! Bless their little hearts…

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I would like to see scorn heaped on these two knuckleheads, I don’t care who they are. Almost a dumb as a professional television producer getting caught on a hot mike.

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Not too sure it was a ‘mistake’ since he believes it and thinks the audience would agree with him. Some times the left lets the cat out of the bag on things.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I think the mistake is getting caught.

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

“Hey David, I’m real happy for ya and I’ma let you finish, but I had the best idiotic hurricane based racism accusation of ALL TIME!”



RDuke on August 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Plants by the left to further their false “racism” meme…it’s an astroturf job for sure, don’t put it past the lefty socialist/marxists to try anything to win this!

Liberty or Death on August 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Funny how that is the first though we have in cases like this (alleged one). If it seems too over the top to be real it is probably a false flag by leftist scum. And let’s have some names on this… either way.

RalphyBoy on August 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

If he should go, Akin should go.

Pythagoras on August 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hardly surprising. Like AP and Reuters, the Yahoo “news” writers are leftist propagandists, not reporters.

Join me in commenting on their stories by noticing they are Obama hacks.

Adjoran on August 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM

You know, I cannot find the Chalian story on Yahoo news. I see reference in, the Philippine Yahoo, but not at the big kahuna

billrowe on August 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM