Haiti: Hell On Earth
America's top news anchors are racing to the Haitian capital, and they're finding a disaster of "biblical proportions." Victims, alive and dead, fill the streets.
"I apologize, it's really a huge technical challenge to broadcast from Port-au-Prince," said Katie Couric, who was only able to communicate with CBS' New York headquarters by satellite phone.
The Today Show's Al Roker is reporting for NBC, along with Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Ann Curry. In these scenes of chaos and desperation, the U.S. television audience is witnessing some moments of hope. CNN's cameras rolled as a girl was discovered alive in the rubble. Survivors used their bare hands to dig her out.
Good Morning America's Robin Roberts was also clearly moved by an attempt to rescue a woman.
"You can hear her voice, she's actually directing the rescuers to where she is at this moment," said Roberts, who covered a live rescue.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta actually got involved in the effort to treat survivors, wrapping a baby's wounds in gauze.
President Obama made a statement about the earthquake, saying, "To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten."
And some are saying President Obama's message to the people of Haiti Thursday was a direct response to that controversial comment from the reverend Pat Robertson, blaming the earthquake on a pact between the Haitian people and the devil.
"They got together and swore a pact to the devil. And ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another," said Robertson.
Now Robertson is responding to the uproar, saying he "never stated that the earthquake was god's wrath" and his "compassion for the people of Haiti is clear."
Michelle Obama is also speaking out about the crisis, saying, "The destruction and the suffering that we see, the images that are coming out of that country are just...overwhelming."
As the world rallies its humanitarian efforts, the embattled golfer Tiger Woods is doing what he can. According to his friend Russell Simmons, Tiger has donated a plane and a mobile hospital unit. We're also learning that George Clooney will host a star-studded telethon, scheduled to air on MTV next Friday. Clooney made a similar effort in that famous telethon to raise money for victims of the September 11th attacks.
INSIDE EDITION sat down with Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis while he was reaching his mother in Port-au-Prince for the first time since the catastrophic quake. Before this moment, the co-star of TV's Heroes, who's known as "the Haitian" on the show, had feared that his mom was among the dead. Now he knows that she's alive.
"For the past 48 hours, I didn't know, I didn't have a clue. People kept telling me that maybe they might be okay, but I tried and I kept trying."