Yahoo Shows Good Management in Firing Biased News Manager



Yet another media controversy illustrates why millions of Americans are justified in their complaints about liberal news-media bias.

True, Yahoo News showed common sense and assertive management by terminating its Washington bureau chief after he made a controversial comment in the 2012 presidential campaign.

David Chalian was caught implying that Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, were delighted by the misfortune of black citizens in the havoc created by Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast.

                                                           David Chalian

“They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast.

Mr. Chalian’s statement was caught by NewsBusters, a media watchdog organization, which posted the audio recording on its Web site. NewsBusters inaccurately indicated Mr. Chalian was an ABC News employee, but ABC quickly pointed out that he had switched employers to Yahoo News.

Yahoo’s response

“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.”

Mr. Chalian made his comment just before Yahoo started its live coverage on the second of the Republican national convention in conjunction with ABC News. Ostensibly, he did know his microphone was turned on.

Liberal media bias has long been an issue. Prior to becoming a business-performance consultant, I enjoyed my 20 years as a broadcast journalist. I do recall a few rumblings about the bias, and it didn’t appear to be a widespread problem.

But today, it’s a disturbing trend – see two other 2012 examples:

Meantime, here’s a Biz Coach tip of the cap for Yahoo’s success in its business and management.

From the Coach’s Corner, you can get news media/PR tips here:

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Need PR, But No Budget? How to Leverage News Media — Yes, it’s true that increasing numbers of adults – especially the Millennials – are using social media for their news and information, and for making buying decisions. However, don’t be misled. In marketing terms, the media is still the most powerful center of influence on the planet.

Public Relations Expert Provides Crisis Management Tips — Appearances count. But universities, presidential candidates and businesses have all demonstrated a lack of awareness about good public relations. Consider these examples: Penn State and Syracuse – their sexual abuse scandals Herman Cain was forced to quit his bid for the GOP nomination following his weak and untimely responses to the sexual harassment accusations.

PR Is Nearly 90% More Valuable Than Content Marketing — Study — A Bill Gates’ quote is famous: “If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on public relations.” Certainly, there’s validity for his philosophy. Even if you go to the competing Google News, you’ll typically find 50 million results for the key word, Microsoft.

Inspiration from Raymond Loewy for the Best Business PR — Iconic Raymond Loewy taught us public relations — how to get noticed.

Newspapers, television networks, and magazines have sometimes been outrageously abusive, untruthful, arrogant, and hypocritical.

– Potter Stewart

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