Fox News Virtually Ignores The Earthquake In Haiti

We've seen the reaction from the extreme right and their attempts to block aid to Haiti after the earthquake hit, but don't you know, FOX News found t

We've seen the reaction from the extreme right and their attempts to block aid to Haiti after the earthquake hit, but don't you know, FOX News found that it wasn't even that newsworthy to boot.

On January 13, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 -- The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck -- devoted a combined total of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti, instead choosing to air such things as Beck's hour-long interview with Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly's discussion of Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, and Sean Hannity's advocacy for Massachusetts candidate Scott Brown's Senate campaign. By contrast, the content of MSNBC's three top-rated shows underscored the significance of the Haiti disaster; Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball devoted a total of more than two hours to the earthquake.

Seven minutes in three hours. Wow. I mean even if you'd rather not see a continuous stream of earthquake news on 24/7 cable, most Americans would still like be be kept up to speed on what's happening there. Not FOX News. I guess they figure their audience feels like Pat Robertson does.

O'Reilly did better tonight. But it's obvious he's trying to catch up now.

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