They’re quite pleased with themselves.
Chalian had been the Washington Bureau Chief at Yahoo! News, but was fired two months ago after he was caught on an open mic at this year’s Republican National Convention saying that convention officials were “happy to have a party with black people drowning.” 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. Chalian was terminated within hours after the news was made public, and apologized for the “inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”
POLITICO editor-in-chief John Harris said management took Chalian’s remark into consideration prior to hiring him.
“David screwed up, admitted he screwed up and paid the price of losing his job for screwing up. He certainly would have been held accountable for the lapse in judgment had he been on the POLITICO staff at the time,” Harris told POLITICO. “He’s made clear that remark did not reflect his personal views or professional standards. 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. He’s superbly well-qualified to help us achieve a strategic goal that is very important for POLITICO.”
A reputation for fairness. Sure. But not fair to the GOP. So he’ll fit right in with the hacks from Politico.