RUSH: Here are the media numbers. Last night NBC had 5.3 million people watching the convention, which, if you haven't heard, NBC and MSNBC did not televise one ethnic minority speech. They didn't, particularly MSNBC. Whenever Artur Davis or Mia Love, anybody who wasn't white was making a speech, it wasn't covered on MSNBC. Then CBS had 3.3 million viewers. ABC had 2.3 million. The cable numbers will come in this afternoon about four o'clock. I think the total viewership will be about 20 million when it's all said and done, when it's calculated.
We're working on getting the audio of this. During live coverage of the convention in Tampa, an ABC News employee (sic) provided a great example of the anti-Republican bias that Romney faces. "In video broadcast Monday night by ABC over the Internet, an ABC News employee (sic) 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."
The ABC News employee said on a hot mic that he didn't know was hot, "They aren’t concerned at all. They are happy to have a party when black people drown." An ABC reporter said this, overheard on the Internet. We are putting the audio together even now. No, I know NBC did cover Nikki Haley, but they didn't know that she's a minority. They just thought she had a good tan. They didn't know that she has Indian roots. So we got one by 'em. We snuck one by 'em. High cheekbones just like Elizabeth Warren, but they didn't catch that. They just thought, you know, brunette, dark skin. This is the way they look at people.
Here are the headlines on Drudge that report this. Oh, and Mia Love, by the way, great speech, early on, black, Utah, wasn't covered. Wikipedia, you know, you can go in and anybody can change whatever anybody's entry on Wikipedia is. And some hackers went into Wikipedia and were calling her dirty, worthless whore, house N-word, because she dared show up at the Republican convention. MSNBC cuts speeches from minorities from the coverage of the convention. NBC News posts clips of white speakers only.
The LA Times headline: "RNC Puts a Brown Face on a White Party." And F. Chuck Todd, NBC, said, "Republicans are putting minorities in the front row of their convention so they look like they're diverse." So this is a sample of some of the media coverage that happened, and the way it is being covered.
Folks, there is nothing you can do about it. This is not going to change. It's getting worse. They're all part of the agenda. They're all collaborators with Obama. They're all collaborators with the Democrat Party. It's the age-old question: What do you do about it? Really the question is, what can you do about it? And there's nothing.
RUSH: All right. Here's the audio of that comment. "No, they're happy to have a party with black people drowning!" It turns out it was not an ABC employee. It was a Yahoo! employee. Yahoo! Washington bureau chief David Chalian. It's C-h-a-l-i-a-n. He's talking about Romney. This is on an ABC News feed. I don't know that this made the air, but this was overheard, obviously, on the Internet. They're talking about Romney and the Republican Party having the convention while Hurricane Isaac threatened the Gulf Coast. This is a five-second thing. It goes by real feast.
CHALIAN: They're not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning!
RUSH: "They are happy to have a party with black people drowning." You know, we're in the 25th year of pointing this stuff out. (Oh, it did make the air? All right. It did make the air.) I've been pointing this stuff out for 25 years. It just keeps getting worse. It becomes more and more frequent. There's no guilt or shame. This is who these people are. This is what they really believe. This is a young kid, sounds like, who has been taught this. This is that. You know, rich people want brown people to drown.
They have parties; they laugh about it. This kid honestly believes it. It's what he's been taught. It's out there. There's no shame; there's no embarrassment. Look at NBC doctoring the 911 tape on the Trayvon Martin thing. Zilch, zero, nada. It's just what it is that we're up against and who these people are. And so the question is: Do you pander to 'em and try to make them like you, or do you just go pedal to the metal and wipe 'em out? Of course, I choose the latter. But I'm not running for anything.
RUSH: It turns out that this David Chalian is not a kid. Listen to this resume. This is the guy who we're talking about. This is over the ABC News feed that did make the air last night.
CHALIAN: They're not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning!
RUSH: And they're all laughing with David Chalian, Yahoo! News, saying, "They're all happy to have a party with black people drowning." This guy used to work for the NewsHour on PBS. He's now the Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief. He directs Washington coverage "across all broadcast and digital platforms." He's a seasoned professional. Absolutely. "He previously served as the political editor for PBS NewsHour, managing the editorial content from the NewsHour's congressional, White House, and Supreme Court beats. ...
"Prior to joining the NewsHour, Chalian was the political director for ABC News." Well, I said he sounded like a kid. I assumed that because he's at Yahoo, that he's an kid. He's not. This guy is an adult. He's been around for years. In addition to that, he teaches a master's degree class at Georgetown. He teaches a master's degree class, Master of Professional Studies in Journalism, at Georgetown. So he's an objective journalist. Exactly right. He's a teacher.
I erred when I said this kid is just repeating what he's been taught.
This is what he's teaching!
It's even worse than I thought. This is what he's teaching. Oh, yeah. Republicans "are not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning!" Happy! Folks, how are you gonna change that? The only thing's gonna change this is karma. The only thing that's gonna change this is karma. What are you gonna do to change this? We can sit here and bitch and moan, complain, file complaint letters, e-mails, make phone calls. It isn't gonna matter.
I'm sitting there last night saying, "Why are they trying to 'humanize' Romney? For crying out loud. You know, rich people are just poor people with money. What's the difference? I said, "Rich people are just poor people with money." (laughing)
RUSH: I want to get some people in on this because I know you want to weigh in on it as well. We'll start in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Barbie. Barbie, great to have you here on the EIB Network, hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
RUSH: Hi, Barbie. How are you?
CALLER: I'm awesome. Hey, Rush.
RUSH: Hey, Barbie.
CALLER: I guess I'm really not. You know what, Rush, I am so sick of the Democrats painting Mitt Romney as some out of touch rich guy. I mean, can we say John Kerry, John Edwards, Algore, and you know I see Kerry is scheduled to speak at the DNC next week.
CALLER: So they're actually featuring the most out of touch rich guy at their own convention. I mean, how can they get away with this, Rush?
RUSH: 'Cause he's a Democrat, and Democrats care about poor people and Republicans don't, and that's it. I'm doing this my 25th year. I have every day, for 24-plus years, said what you just said. I've been pointing it out. I've written columns about it. I've said it on TV. I've said it on radio. I've made speeches about it. Kerry is five times wealthier than Romney, and --
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: -- he inherited it all, and he's much more flagrant in his consumption of his wealth.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: -- than Romney is. Romney gave away his inheritance. He gave it away. He donated it to charity. Look, I understand your frustration, 'cause you don't like being on defense. Why do we have to respond to these guys? They feel the need to do it because the truth still isn't out there, and it's wrapped up in something that isn't complicated at all. Kerry is a Democrat; they care about the poor. Republicans only care about the rich and Wall Street, and that's what doofuses, morons, in this country believe. The people who are not informed, who think they're lifelong Democrats, born and raised hearing that every day of their lives, particularly if they're members of unions, that's what they've heard.
CALLER: I know, I agree, Rush, and, you know, on top of everything else, Ann Romney gave a great speech last night, I thought --
CALLER: -- and the irony is that Teresa Heinz Kerry's speech was an absolute disaster. So, I mean, just look at the dichotomy between the two.
RUSH: Well, exactly. It was a wonderful speech last night.
CALLER: It was.
RUSH: It could not have been any better. The criticism of Ann Romney is nitpicking. The only thing, and I have one problem with what she said, but I know why she did it. (interruption) What, Snerdley, what? What? Didn't say what? That I had a problem with the speech? You look at expectations. It was all nitpick, find problems with it. The one thing about it that just bothered me was this whole notion that they're responding to the War on Women and so she went overboard talking about how it's really the women that hold this country together, really the mothers. But I knew why she was doing it. I knew watching it why she was doing it.
They're reacting this War on Women stuff, and you might say, "Well, why are they wasting time?" Because so many doofuses believe that Republicans don't care about the poor, just 'cause they're Republicans. John Kerry, Algore, Ted Kennedy can get away -- Kennedy get away with killing a woman. I gotta back off. 'Cause he cares about the poor. The only thing, folks, is gonna be karma that does these people in. I've been trying to rebut this stuff for 30 years. There's nothing that works.
RUSH: Now, this didn't take long. Yahoo! News has fired Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African-Americans suffering in Hurricane Isaac. "They're not concerned at all. They're happy to have a party with black people drowning." We have the audiotape of the Yahoo! News Washington chief. This is on an ABC feed, and this is what he said...
CHALIAN: They're not concerned at all! They're happy to have a party with black people drowning!
RUSH: They're not concerned about it. They don't care about brown people drowning in a hurricane. They'll throw a party. Now, who is this guy? Again, he's Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief. Now, you might think, "Yahoo News? Who the cares about them?" Well, he "previously served as the political editor for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He managed the editorial content from The NewsHour's congressional White House Supreme Court beats, and prior to joining The NewsHour, he was the political director for ABC News."
He also teaches a master degree class in journalism at Georgetown University. It's David Chalian. (Forgive me if it's a mispronunciation.) Yahoo! News issued the following statement: "David Chalian's statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo" today. (They didn't say "today." I just threw that in there.) But look, folks, the CEO at Yahoo is not only a donor but a fundraiser for Obama. Marissa Mayer is her name. She's from Google, and she's a huge Obamaite.
Anyway, their statement continues: "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." If you weren't offended, we don't apologize to you. So Chalian's gone. Where will he end up next? CNN? NBC is probably already calling the guy.
The NBC people will say, "You know, Chalian, you are exactly what we're looking for!"
Yeah, "Can you edit? 'Cause we need a guy to handle 911 calls!" There's gonna be a mad dash to get this guy. CNN, NBC. ABC might even want this guy. New York Times. This guy's sitting so pretty right now. It's only a matter of time before he's hired, probably with a raise. By the way, this guy has won any number of journalism awards. He won an Emmy award for producing ABC News's inaugural coverage in 2009. He produced Sarah Palin's first television interview with Charlie Gibson, and he received an Emmy award nomination for that. He produced Charlie Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin. That's who this guy is, and he's blown out.