FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Media Conservatives Return To Familiar Pattern In Wake of Massive Earthquake
Washington, DC - Today, Media Matters for America denounced Pat Robertson's and Rush Limbaugh's respective reactions to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday.
"Pat Robertson's bizarre and offensive comments come at a time of horrific human suffering," said Ari Rabin-Havt, Vice President of Communications and Research at Media Matters. "Combined with Rush Limbaugh's base attempt to politicize the White House's response, they represent right-wing media figures' willingness to use any tragedy to forward its own agenda."
Robertson, host of the Christian Broadcasting Networks' The 700 Club, claimed that Haiti "swore a pact to the devil" to get "free from the French" and "ever since they have been cursed." Meanwhile, Limbaugh used his nationally-syndicated radio show to make a number of questionable comments about the tragedy, claiming that Obama would use the Haiti crisis to boost his credibility with the "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country." Both Limbaugh and the Fox Nation noted that Obama discussed the earthquake sooner than the attempted Christmas bombing, with Limbaugh asking, "Did he apologize for America?"
The earthquake is just one of a number of tragedies that conservatives have attempted to politicize:
Earthquake in Haiti
Shooting at Ft. Hood
Virginia Tech shooting
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