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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.

One wonders with the incredible speed of his firing whether the fact that - at least optically - what he said appears to be completely true wasn't a factor?

I'm not saying that Republicans Hate Black people and wish to see them lose their homes and livelihood.  No.  They just Hate Democrats and since about 90% of the Black People in the Nation are Democrats since the passage of the Civil Right Act after Republican Presidential Nominee Barry Goldwater openly opposed it.

You think they've be used to reality that their disavow with Black People was pretty much mutual, with the False Welfare Ads and "Jokes about Birthcertificates" and what not.

Yeah, You'd think.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Telling the truth in America is a fireable offense (14+ / 0-)

    Sad but true. Especially in the media, otherwise, every reporter would be required by law to preface every story about something Romney said with his 10 positions on every issue and the fact that he is known to lie with impunity.

  •  Did the Romney campaign get an apology for (8+ / 0-)

    this as well?

    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.”

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:01:45 PM PDT

  •  Unfortunately (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, glorificus

    That was about the only thing Yahoo could do.
    He wasn't just a reporter - he was their Washington bureau chief

  •  When did Chalian hit bottom? (3+ / 0-)
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    HowieBeale, glorificus, Susipsych

    A. Joining "Yahoo News"
    B. Getting fired from "Yahoo News"

    I would argue the former - his next job has to be better, even if its cleaning stalls at the National Zoo (for which covering the Republican National Convention is not bad preparation...).

    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

    by Minerva on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:05:54 PM PDT

  •  A thoroughly shitty thing for anyone to say (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, erush1345, VClib

    and unacceptable for a professional.

    This is the sort of thing that gets used by Republicans to "prove" media bias. Don't give legs to this jerk's comments or the story.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:06:40 PM PDT

  •  He should have been fired. (3+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, erush1345, VClib

    An OFA Campaign Web Ad is the new Reid "sternly worded letter".

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:08:15 PM PDT

  •  It Might've Been Acceptable If He'd Said It About (3+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, erush1345, VClib

    the Clan or a white supremacy group. But of the Republican party? There's plenty to say that they want which is both horrific and undeniably accurate.

    This guy was a news chief, that's way beyond the line even for a professional pundit.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 06:17:36 PM PDT

  •  The first paragraph under the fold (0+ / 0-)

    is self contradictory.

  •  It's not "completely true." (9+ / 0-)

    First, speaking as someone who lost my house in Katrina, that disaster -- caused not by natural forces but by the incompetence of the Army Corps of Engineers over decades -- did NOT "disproportionately affect black people."  The area of the greater New Orleans area that was most dramatically damaged was the predominately white suburb of St. Bernard Parish (parish is our version of "county"). St. Bernard was very very white, very very blue-collar. In St. Bernard, every single structure in the Parish -- except five -- was destroyed by flood waters.  The Parish government officials were rescued from the roof of the government building five days later by the Canadian Mounties.  They were treated far worse than even the lower Ninth Ward.  And that Parish was 90% white.  There's a great book called "Lost in Katrina" that details it all, and anyone who knew St. Bernard Parish officials -- Doris Voitier, the School Superintendent, is a friend of mine -- knows this story.  At least those in the Lower Ninth Ward were rescued within a day or two by the Coast Guard and others from our own government.  

    Lakeview -- also predominately white -- suffered every bit as much as the Lower Ninth Ward, from the breach in the 17th Street Canal at Bellaire Drive.  And Gentilly, a racially mixed neighborhood, suffered as much.

    Even the richest, whitest, most Republican neighborhood in the area, Old Metairie, flooded.  Joe Canizaro -- the epitome of the rich Republican -- saw his house flooded.

    Statistically, race was not disproportionately represented in deaths.  The demographic most likely to die was the elderly..  They died in a nursing home in St. Bernard (35 of them), and many of them died in their attics in Gentilly and Lakeview.  

    The ACOE disaster was NOT directed primarily to African American neighborhoods.  That is a myth.  It was an equal opportunity tragedy.  

    •  Was the government recovery aid disproportionate? (0+ / 0-)

      Or were the areas you named left out of the aid stream as much as the ninth ward?

      (I'm really asking. I don't know.)

      •  Government "aid"? (6+ / 0-)

        What government "aid"?  I lost my house, and I don't remember government "aid" until April of 2007, when I sold the remnants of my house to the State of Louisiana in what was then "Governor Blanco's Road Home Program." And that had nothing to do with what area of the city, or state, you were located in prior to Katrina.  The "buyout" (or rebuilding low-interest loan, which was an option) had to do with the value of your property prior to the storm -- and it had a cap so as not to benefit the really rich.  

        Immediate aid -- $500 in food stamps, etc. -- came from the Red Cross and went to everyone regardless of area or even income.  And most of us got a $2000 "advance" against our insurance, paid in the first couple of weeks -- but it was deducted from our ultimate insurance payout.  

        If you are talking about government rescue immediately after, in all areas the rescue was mostly by citizens with small boats.  (That book tells the story of a man who got in a boat with his elderly mother.  She died in the boat.  He kept pulling people out of houses.)  In the immediate aftermath, predominately white St. Bernard fared far worse than any other area.  At least in the Lower Ninth, and Lakeview, the Coast Guard had some presence in rescue.  In St. Bernard, there was NO rescue whatsoever by any American entity.   The primary rescue was from the Canadians.  

        •  somehow i just can't generate the sympathy (0+ / 0-)

          maybe the canadians were wealthy, like you. truth to tell, main street folks and poorer look out for each other because the 1% isn't going to do it.

          did you re-build? is the lower 9th ward re-built? i know mike holmes built one house. brad pitt may have built a hand-ful of houses. jimmy carter might have built a few, too thru habitat for humanity. but (except for the mike holmes house) i bet those houses aren't as nice as yours.

  •  Fired for telling (0+ / 0-)

    the truth......

  •  Well it WAS a rather stupid thing to say... (0+ / 0-)
  •  OK (0+ / 0-)

    I understand that it's best if he parts company with Yahoo News, but understand that all he's guilty of is being too indiscreet.

    Most of us were watching when they left all those people in New Orleans to die during Katrina.  OK, at the national level, it was probably more "they're poor people" than "they're black", and as other commenters have pointed out, plenty of poor whites were left to die as well elsewhere on the Gulf coast.  But there was a distinct stain of racism to the whole thing.

    The Republicans continue to spout their brand of social Darwinism, so frankly they own their debacle.

    I was so ashamed of my country after Katrina and I'm never going to forgive these fucks for that.

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