Pat Robertson, Haiti, and the Devil

This is not a post about Pat Robertson, the Devil or Haiti. This is a post about Public Relations and Press Releases in 2010. The news and lots of Internet folks reports Pat Roberton implied that the Devil caused Haiti’s Earthquake. It’s reported as well in the Mainstream media.

Allegedly, he didn’t, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network website:
Statement Regarding Pat Robertson’s Comments on Haiti

If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster.

Pat, it’s 2010. If you’re going to say “if you watch the entire video segment,” then you should put up the video segment. You own the program, right? It’s your network. Put up the video. 

It didn’t take me long to find the actual video. Here’s a link to a clip.

If you’re going to try to change people’s opinion and tell them to watch the clip, put up the clip. The only reason not to put up the clip would be if it were “damning evidence.”

Oh, and if you are looking for a way to help, my friend and non-profit consultant Tom Watson, who I trust completely on this issue, says “I trust @globalgiving to get $$ to Haiti quickly and effectively – please give now! .” Global Giving is quite transparent about how they work, so you will know how your money is used.