In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.
“They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian can be heard on the live broadcast. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown.”
That was too much even for the left wingnuts at Yahoo; they fired him moments later. But another almost-mainstream media outfit didn't mind the stench at all - smelled like home to them. And presto! - six weeks later, David Chalian is back in business. Via Politico:
David Chalian is getting back in the business.
The veteran journalist has been named vice president of video programming at POLITICO to enhance video quality and content across new and existing platforms, including the POLITICO LIVE programs, according to an internal memo.
Note how Politico describes Chalian's downfall:
The remark, a reference to the fact that the convention was taking place while Hurricane Issac was battering the northern Gulf coast, was deemed "inappropriate" by Yahoo News.
Are those scare quotes??
Doctor Strangelove meets Heathers in Fargo...
POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John Harris said management took Chalian's remark into consideration prior to hiring him.
And then asked himself, "How could such a valuable free agent still be on the market! Let's grab him quick, and pay him whatever he wants!"
Harris goes on:
This is a journalist who carries with him more than a decade of accomplishment and a well-earned reputation for fairness. We do not believe that lapse in one moment negates a reputation held in high regard by political professionals in both parties.
Actually, he and his previous employer have exactly the opposite reputation. And this blogger can prove it. See here, here, here, here and here, and here and here...and here. Oh, and here.
The "one lapse" comment is priceless, coming from a news organization who has spent the entire election cycle trying to pin "lapses" on Mitt Romney so as to make him un-electable. I'll keep this one on file, the next time Politco plays the "gotcha" game...
And I'll let a commentator over at Red State finish the job:
Why does Politico think it relevant how he's regarded by "political professionals in both parties"? Isn't that a bit like a watchdog who's "well regarded" by the wolves?
Yeah, but that's the incest that has been part of the government/media matrix for some time. It's why they've lost all credibility, but it also explains why they don't care: They are more than willing to act as propaganda fops for the Left if it affords them the opportunity to get a government job. Who needs private sector risk when Big Government will give you security, fame, and access to power?
No wonder they hate us. We're trying to yank the rails out from beneath their gravy train...