Thursday, January 14, 2010

Capitalizing on Tragedy

Well, that didn't take long did it?

Someone used Twitter to spread a lie that American Airlines and other airlines were flying doctors and nurses into Haiti free of charge to help with relief efforts. The story is here.

My post earlier this morning forewarned of this type of stuff in regards to the campaign to get people to donate $10 via instant text message. I'm not saying it is a hoax, but how much of the money actually goes to the people in need is what I am calling into question.

Everyone wants to be charitable; sadly however, there are people looking to capitalize right now.

Remember after 9/11 there were all sorts of telethons and the like. Red Cross raised a ton of money but not all of it went to help the victims of the attacks and deservedly got some major heat for it. That story is here.

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