Media News - Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tensions between Republicans and members of the news media continue: Yahoo! News fired its political director Wednesday morning after he was heard in a video commenting that Mitt and Ann Romney "are happy to have a party with black people drowning'' – an apparent reference to Hurricane Isaac's damage potential. David Chalian, the online news site's political director, made the remark in a short video on YouTube that appeared to be a test of a Yahoo!-ABC News online news program. The two news organizations have partnered to provide live-streamed coverage of the two conventions. A report in Politico says Yahoo! fired Chalian immediately and, in a statement, said that his comment was "inappropriate" and that the news organization had apologized to the Romney campaign. Chalian was fired just three hours after Newsbusters, a conservative media watchdog site, posted the video on its blog – and noted that the Republican Party had canceled the first night of its convention in deference to the approach of the storm. Chalian is a longtime political journalist who has also worked for PBS NewsHour and as political director for ABC News. (USA Today)
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