Hot Mic At ABC News Tells You How They Feel About The Republican National Convention

There’s a bunch of cross-talk at the beginning of the ABC News Live Feed from the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday, but here’s the one line that is fairly easy to pick out.

They’re not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning. [Laughter]

Last we checked there weren’t any black people drowning in New Orleans, though plenty are being murdered in Chicago.

Here’s the feed archive. Remember all of the hot mic stuff happens in the first few seconds.

Update: Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard identifies the reporter as Yahoo New’s David Chalian.

Update 2: Yahoo has fired David Chalian, the Yahoo News DC Bureau Chief, and issued the following apology.

“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.”

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  • Vagabond661

    No surprise to us that “journalists” have these feelings, but now do you understand all of you Independents and Moderates?

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Being full of hate and bile, they naturally assume that everyone else is the same.

  • GarandFan

    Just another liberal idiot showing how empty his skull is and how he can be used as a DNC echo chamber. No thought, no intelligence required.

  • lasveraneras

    The RNC cancels Monday activities and the Narcissist-In-Chief hosts a “meet and greet” for donors with George Clooney in Switzerland the same day. Who’s “having a party while black people are drowning?”

  • jim_m

    The letists laugh at the idea of black people drowning. Who are the racists? The real racists here are the leftists who see race before they see the person. When you see me as a white person before you see me as Jim, you’re a racist. Leftists are racists before they are anything else. Why else do they talk about race incessantly? Can’t be bothered to discuss their plans for the economy, got to discuss racism.

    BTW This link works for the video.

    • ackwired

      Thanks for the link. Who was it that made the joke? I don’t watch ABC enolugh to recognize the voice, and I they were not identified.

      • jim_m

        The racist lefty (but I repeat myself) has been identified as David Chalian from ABC Yahoo! News.

        Racist lefty is now looking for a new job.

        “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.”

        Good for Yahoo! for demonstrating that irrational hate is not appropriate in a news organization. Too bad MSNBC doesn’t feel the same way.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Zimms/100003653414389 Jack Zimms

          He probably got a very good severance package and will get a
          higher up job once the dust settle.

        • ackwired

          Yep. There is a lot of difference between MSNBC and ABC. I’m surprised that we have not heard more about the 2 that were kicked out for throwing nuts at the African-American CNN cameraperson. Even CNN is quiet. You can imagine what MSNBC or Fox News would be doing if it was one of theirs.
          By the way, you seem hyper-sensistive about racism.

          • jim_m

            From what I can tell MSNBC wouldn’t employ a black camera person (they certainly do their best not to put any blacks on camera).

            I’m not hypersensitive about racism, just leftist hypocrisy and projection.

          • ackwired

            Sure seem to talk about it a lot.

          • jim_m

            Mostly in response to left wing BS.

          • jim_m

            I will point out that I am far from alone in pointing out the racism on the part of the left.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Here is an CNN update on the CNN camerawoman story.

            Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.” Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

            The idiotic yahoo news chief is perhaps fortunate he wan’t arrested and thrown in the same holding cell as these numbskulls.

          • jim_m

            The difference is that the idiots throwing the nits probably were doing so not because the cameraman was black but because he worked for CNN.

            I realize that because you cannot possibly see past the person’s race that you never would have figured that part out.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I was just quoting and linking the story on CNN directly to ackwired’s query I’m surprised that we have not heard more about the 2 that were kicked out for throwing nuts at the African-American CNN cameraperson. Even CNN is quiet. I didn’t say anything about racism, one way or another, I called the two “knumbskulls.”.

            Jim, you said I wasn’t looking past the person’s race. I think that speaks more about you than me. Hey, for all I know, the two kicked out might have been Condi Rice and the other black I saw at the convention, (the brief time I watched it on televison).

          • ackwired

            Actually, the two throwing the nuts were also yelling, “This is how we feed the animals.” Probably not Condi.

          • ackwired

            Yes. Just imagine what MSNBC of Fox News would do with the story if It was their cameraperson.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Why do I get the feeling that was a staged event? Not by the camera operator – but we’ve already seen how the left has deliberately infiltrated TEA party events with the intent of showing racism.

            So you get two guys, going in and wasting good peanuts to show just how ‘racist’ the Rs are. And instead of them being welcomed by the racists as one of them – they get grabbed and tossed out.

            Oh, the injustice and indignity of it all!

          • herddog505

            I don’t know whether it was a set-up, but you’re bang-on about the fact that goons, instead of being embraced, were thrown out. This must have shocked a lot of lefties, and is probably why they don’t like to talk about it.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            That’s one of the perils of the leftist echo chamber. You agree with your friends that something must be so, and because they believe something must be so you go along with it and internalize the opinion. You never bother to check the opinion against reality, because it doesn’t occur to you your friends might be wrong.

            Or if you do check it, you won’t dig far past something that kind of confirms your opinion.

            It’s a feedback loop, and you know how THOSE get out of hand pretty fast.

          • retired.military

            ackwired.
            “By the way, you seem hyper-sensistive about racism.”

            I honestly cant understand why you say something like that.
            I mean really???

            How many leftist trolls have been banned from this site for their unfounded accusations of racism.

            Lets see
            Lee Ward
            Spongbob Armstrong
            Stephen
            Grumpy

            ANd this is just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Not to mention the unfounded accusations of racism made by the MSM.

          • ackwired

            I obviously don’t know anything about the site’s policy regarding discussion of racism. But I grant you that what you site may be reason to call the “left” racist, if someone feels a need to return the accusation.

    • Hank_M

      And one has to wonder….

      What kind of environment can produce people who would say things like that?
      What kind of environment allows for people to laugh at a comment like that?

      And these are the people that claim that conservatives are full of hate and bigotry.

      How do they deal with the dis-connect?

      • jim_m

        It isn’t hate when you hate conservatives. It isn’t intolerance when you refuse to tolerate conservative views.

        What kind of environment do they grow up in? One where diversity of views is not allowed, where differing viewpoints are punished.

  • jim_m

    Roger Simon has the definitive take on this episode:

    Why would anyone dream of saying such a thing in a semi-public situation if he didn’t feel safe and among friends? The left/liberal need to think Republicans and conservatives racists is more than just projection. At this point, it is nothing short of a mental illness. It is so far divorced from reality, it has to be pathological. No longer are these people able to observe reality with anything close to impartiality…

    In his own bizarre way, David Chalian has become the poster boy for Election 2012. His story has gripped this convention because everyone knows he is not all that exceptional. That is what they think.

    The left has long been divorced from reality. Disallowing the expression of other viewpoints in their presence they live in a cocoon of left wing insensibility. THey feel safe spewing their hateful and ignorant viewpoints because they are used to never having anyone present to call them on their BS.

  • herddog505

    Remember, everybody:

    The only bias in the media is RIGHTWING bias, because the Big Evil Corporations have TOTALLY taken over American newsrooms and publish nothing but rightwing talking points.

  • retired.military


    “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!”

    Yes it does. They just dont want it known so openly.

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