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Friday, February 12, 2010

When Ratings Translate To Help

Interesting that O'Reilly never has his massive viewership do anything like this.

"Countdown" viewers raised $185,000 in 24 hours after host Keith Olbermann urged them to donate on behalf of the victims of the South Dakota ice storms.

Tuesday night, Olbermann appealed on behalf of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Storm Relief Emergency Assistance, an organization meant to help what Olbermann described as a "humanitarian crisis at home."

Conservatives love to go after the fact that Fox"News" enjoys more of a ratings share than any other network. They use this as some bizarre form of proof that the network must be 100% accurate in everything they say. Those of us in the real world can see through this facade, as high ratings have never equalled accurate reportage.

What Olbermann has accomplished here is something that no anchor on Fox"News" ever has, used their audience to help someone in need that is being ignored. And while some may point to Hannity's "Freedom Concerts" or O'Reilly's push to get "Jessica's Law", the former has been shown to be a scam in many ways and the later was more of a way for O'Reilly to burnish his image without actually doing any work, as "Jessica's Law" was already being implemented across the country.

Having lived through one of the greatest ice storms in recent history, and seeing how people helped one another, I know that the people of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe are grateful for what Olbermann and his viewership have done.

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