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Thursday, January 14, 2010

News Roundup for 1/14/10

Pitt and Jolie
Bigger than Wal-Mart

-Headline of the day-
"Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie donate twice as much as Wal-Mart to Haiti."

To be fair, taken separately, Pitt and Jolie gave about as much as Wal-Mart. According to the report, "Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have together pledged to donate $1 million to support Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Wal-Mart has pledged $500,000 in cash and $100,000 in in-kind donations."

One explanation; there aren't any Wal-Marts in Port-au-Prince, so why should they care?

Of course, it may be unfair to compare the chain to the globally-minded celebrities. You'd expect Brangelina to give a boatload. But compared to the contributions of other companies with little to gain from a recovered Haiti, Wal-Mart still looks pretty chintzy.

"Even Bank of America, blasted for doling out big bonuses, has pledged $1 million," we're told. "So has UPS. And home improvement leviathan Lowe's. Drugmaker Abbot Laboratories said they'd send $1 million in-kind support."

Remember Wal-Mart's motto; "Wal-Mart: Always low prices.

"Always." (Raw Story)

-Earthquake? What earthquake?-
Media Matters points out that, compared to other cable networks, FOX News has delivered almost no coverage of the earthquake in Haiti. On the thirteenth, Sean Hannity gave the story three minutes, eight seconds of coverage, Blowhard Bill O'Reilly gave it 2:56, and Glenn Beck came in dead last with a mere thirty-seven seconds devoted to the big story of the day.

On the other hand, some FOX viewers got this from anchor Shepard Smith:

It almost makes up for all the rest of it. Almost. (Media Matters, Think Progress)

-Bonus HotD-
"Imus: Pat Robertson 'should be put to sleep.'"

No comment. (Think Progress, with video)

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