MediaMatters.org reported that, “On January 22, a wide variety of broadcast, cable, radio, and internet outlets, including CNN and MSNBC, preempted their regularly scheduled prime-time programming… But even after receiving criticism for giving little coverage to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on its top-rated programs, Fox News did not preempt its programming and air the benefit concert, instead broadcasting regular editions ofÂ The O’Reilly Factor andÂ Hannity.”
The infamously right-wing network’s abstaining from the two-hour charity telethon comes in the wake of conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson’s inflammatory remarks earlier this month, calling the earthquake victims “cursed” because of their “pact with the devil.”
In addition to airing the show to raise funds for the disaster stricken island, CNN’s own reporterÂ Anderson Cooper and medical correspondentÂ Sanjay Gupta have been assistingÂ hands-on with the recovery in Haiti.
The list of other networks opting to carry the broadcast is staggering. Organizers at MTV cited the following as ways to view the charity telethon: Â ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en EspaÃ±ol, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide. “Hope for Haiti Now” will be available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.
Pat Robertson’s shocking commentary on the crisis in Haiti: