Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian for saying that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were “not concerned at all” about African Americans suffering because of Hurricane Isaac. “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian was heard saying on an open mic over a break during an ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, referring to the fact that the Republican National Convention in Tampa is taking place as Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast, Politico reported. Yahoo responded this afternoon that “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.” Conservative media watchdog NewsBusters initially posted audio of Chalian’s remarks but identified Chalian incorrectly as an ABC employee. ABC News, where Chalian was political director until 2010, has partnered with Yahoo News for 2012 political coverage.

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