Medill Grad David Chalian Opens Up When He Thinks the Mike is Off
David Chalian per Northwestern University
David Chalian is not your usual political journalist. As political director of ABC News, he’s well aware that the 2008 presidential campaign has been “literally a once-in-a-lifetime story.” But when asked why he finds politics so compelling, he answers from the perspective of someone who majored not only in political science at Northwestern but also in theater, his first love.
“In politics, as in theater, you learn that the story is king — what the playwright gives you makes you or breaks you,” Chalian (C95) says in his fifth-floor office at ABC’s Washington, D.C., bureau. “To me, presidential politics is something bigger — Shakespearean, Greek.
And here’s David when he thinks no one is listening
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 with black people drowning.”
That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.
Yahoo fired Chalian for his insipid comments
image Joseph Medill