January 22nd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Hope for Haiti

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Tonight we’re teaming up with a variety of other networks and celebrities around the world to raise awareness to the ongoing crisis in Haiti. At 8 p.m. we’re airing “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” a two-hour, star-studded telethon. It is expected to be one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing on more than 25 networks, and will raise money for the earthquake-ravaged country.

Anderson, who will lead the program with George Clooney and Wyclef Jean (to name a few), is on the ground in Haiti. He’s been there for more than a week and will give an update on what he’s seen over the past eight days. He’ll report on the aftermath of the quake and how Haitians continue to struggle to find relief amid the seemingly impenetrable obstacles of challenging logistics.

Reports today indicate that while the rate at which aid is getting to Haiti is going up, the speed at which it’s being distributed is comparatively sluggish. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that large quantities of medications, baby formula and other supplies are sitting on the tarmac and in warehouses at the Port-au-Prince airport, but they're not being efficiently distributed.

UNICEF says that children are missing from Haiti hospitals, raising fears of human trafficking, and orphans are still in danger. Officials are preparing to move hundreds of thousands of survivors from makeshift camps in the country’s capital. But where will they go? And are they getting the much-needed food, water and basic supplies they need? We’ll have the latest on today’s developments in Haiti tonight after the special benefit.

President Obama put a strong focus on the economy and jobs this week, but is it too late to win back confidence in his administration? Yesterday, he reached out to Democratic leadership to discuss the future of health care reform. Will he be able to salvage the health care overhaul at the top of his agenda? His State of the Union Address is next Wednesday. What would you like to hear from the President?

And Jay Leno to the White House? Fresh off his public spat with Conan O’Brien and NBC execs, Leno has agreed to headline the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the annual black tie event that awards $132, 000 in college scholarships on May 1.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 8 p.m. for the televised benefit and again at 10 p.m. for AC360° live from Haiti.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Denise Barlow

    Good Morning to you, Cindy!
    I watched the special hosted by Larry King and enjoyed it. I'm so looking forward to this charity event hosted by George Clooney. I know it will be successful.

    January 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  2. susan carpenter

    Ummm It is THE PRESIDENTS State of the Union Address. This is the first president probably since Reagan that actually gives us his "take" on what is really happening.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  3. rosa

    cant wait for tonight I'm sure there's lot of people who are thinking the same way... I'll be tuned in.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  4. Isabel - Brazil •

    Good afternoon Eliza!!!

    Today is the day of hope. The world will be watching "Hope in Haiti" and will be showing their solidarity.

    See you later!! Thanks!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  5. Life

    I can't wait for the concert. And I am looking forward in seeing Beyonce perform. It just doesn't get any better than her. And I'm praying the donations flow like the living waters.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  6. Tom

    I would like to hear a State of the Union Address that is actual and not obama's take . Not what his idiot advisors tell him the situation is.

    January 22, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  7. molasses jones

    there is SO much going on. I so want to be on the ground in Haiti. Until I get there please continue to broadcast from there. We here are praying!

    January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  8. Eliza, AC360°

    @Cindy - We're live from Haiti tonight at 10 p.m.

    January 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  9. Cindy

    Looking forward to the telethon tonight. It should be great. Hopefully it raises mega bucks for Haiti.

    I hope that human trafficking isn't going on there! That would be horrible! But now a days people are so sick you never can tell what they'll do. But how can they prevent it if no one knows whose kid is whose?

    Is tonight's 360 a taped special or is Anderson going to be live again from Haiti?


    January 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |