Yahoo! fired its Washington bureau chief Wednesday after he was caught on a live mic at the Republican convention joking that Republicans were, “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
David Chalian, the now former head of Yahoo News’ DC bureau, was referring to the fact that the GOP was holding its convention while Hurricane Isaac headed for New Orleans, the same place Hurricane Katrina ravaged seven years ago with much of the damage disproportionately affecting poor minorities. Yahoo is covering the convention in a partnership with ABC News, and Chalian’s intended aside was accidentally picked up by a mic on the network’s coverage.
After identifying Chalian—it was not immediately clear who had made the remark since it was not caught on camera, only on the microphone—Yahoo quickly fired him and released a statement condemning his failed joke.
“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,” the statement read.
Chalian’s incident was not the only race-related story that overshadowed other aspects of Tuesday night’s convention proceedings. Also that night, two convention attendees were tossed from the Tampa Bay Times Forum for allegedly chucking nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and telling her, “This is how we feed the animals.”
David Chalian image via Twitter.com/DavidChalian
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019