Yahoo Journalist Fired for Saying Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About Black People [Updated]

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Republican Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at Lawrence University March 30, 2012 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.APPLETON, WI - MARCH 30:  Republican Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at Lawrence University March 30, 2012 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Yahoo's Washington bureau chief David Chalian was participating in the hot new trend of political webcasts from the Republican National Convention when he was inadvertently caught on a live microphone channeling Kanye West. "They're not concerned at all," Chalian exclaimed to laughs about Mitt Romney and the Republicans, in reference to Hurricane Isaac. "They're happy to have a party when black people drown." The accidentally recorded comments were quickly seized upon by the conservative watchdog NewsBusters. Yahoo, rather than standing by their man and fighting accusations of a liberal bias, promptly fired Chalian and apologized.

"David Chalian's statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!," said the company in a statement. "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." Objectivity wins again.

Update: Chalian has published the following statement:

I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and 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.