What goes on behind the scenes of our broadcast news coverage? Wouldn’t you sometimes like to be a fly on the wall? Well, every now and then something happens to give us a glimpse of that world and usually it’s not very pretty for the reputation or the professionalism of the Main Stream Media.
On Tuesday night, David Chalian was doing his job; covering the Republican convention. Over a hot mic (usually the main culprit in exposing these bozos), David quipped to his fellow journalists… “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” This was obviously in reference to Hurricane Isaac reaching shore.
Immediately after the comment you could hear quite whispers and gasps of astonishment from the other more professional media types. Naaawww… just kidding; there was nothing but laughter.
David Chalian isn’t some new recruit to the Main Stream Media. He worked for ABC, then as political director for PBS Newshour, before advancing to Yahoo News’ Washington bureau chief.
What was really incredible about this story is that Yahoo ACTUALLY fired the guy; AND issued an apology to Romney and his staff. So let me at least give credit to Yahoo for doing the right thing. David Chalian will be working again soon with a wink and a nod for his indiscretion; after all, what has he done that every producer or bureau chief in the MSM hasn’t done before?