Curses and political points
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and televangelist Pat Robertson are being scolded for their comments in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti that has killed tens of thousands, according to early estimates.
Criticsfrom both the left and right are denouncing their remarks asinsensitive to the disaster and attempts to score political points offhuman tragedy.
Speaking on his radio showWednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands,allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” whileat the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned anddark-skinned black community in this country.”
While Limbaugh received a modicum of support, nobody of note has stepped up to defend Robertson’s claim that Haiti got hit by an earthquake because it is “cursed.”
Speaking about the disaster during his program “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network,Robertson said that when Haiti was still a French colony its leaders“swore a pact to the devil” to get out from “under the heel of theFrench.”