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Yahoo fires bureau chief for Romney remark

Delegates from the state of Georgia applaud after casting their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romneyduring the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Delegates from the state of Georgia applaud after casting their votes for presidential candidate Mitt Romneyduring the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo News has fired its Washington bureau chief after he was caught on a microphone saying Mitt Romney and his wife were "happy to have a party with black people drowning."

Company spokeswoman Anne Espiritu said Wednesday that David Chalian's remark was inappropriate and does not represent Yahoo's views. She says Yahoo is apologizing to the Republican presidential candidate and his supporters, and has reached out to the campaign to convey the message.

Chalian made the remark during a "hot mic" moment before Yahoo began its live coverage of the GOP convention on Tuesday evening. Yahoo is streaming coverage in association with ABC News.

The remark is an apparent reference to the GOP convention happening as Hurricane Isaac hits the Louisiana coast.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Not to worry.....NBC will pick him up. Don't you love that "impartial journalism in action"??

What did Yahoo say? "If anyone was offended we apologize........" which is NOT an acceptable apology........ever.

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Amazed2 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes I just love when any speaker speaks the news anchor jocks will then explain to you what they said and what the person was really trying to say. Also if a speaker does not even say anything about a subject the news feels like they knows what the speaker said by not saying anything. Amazing how it our politiacl destiny can be highjacked or attempted to be anyway by a bunch of liberal negative newsmedia. Condalise Rice spoke and I listened to every word and understood it just fine but then the news jocks had to disect it and tell the public what she really said.

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