NBC moving ahead with Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones

NBC moving ahead with Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones

It was not immediately clear how many companies had pulled ads from this week's edition of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly". Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed at Sandy Hook, founded the group with Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son, Daniel.

"Well, Sandy Hook is complex because I've had debates where devil's advocates said the whole story is true, and I've had debates where I've said none of it is true", Jones said.

Making tsunami-sized waves across the media is Megyn Kelly's forthcoming sit-down interview with fringe radio personality Alex Jones, whose specialty is politically motivated conspiracy theories - such as Hillary Clinton running a child sex-trafficking ring out of a pizza parlor, Barack Obama creating ISIS, and the creeping fungus we should all beware that's killing Americans.

In the past, Jones has questioned whether the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. Sure enough, as the Wall Street Journal reported, one of the advertisers - J.P. Morgan Chase - pulled all "all NBC news programming until after the show airs". Kelly is being widely criticized for her upcoming NBC interview with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who claims the shooting didn't happen.

Many argue that giving Jones a primetime platform only elevates him and legitimizes his views, but NBC News Chairman Andy Lack argues: "What I think we're doing is journalism".

Responding to the criticism, Kelly tweeted she wanted to "2 shine a light" on the man behind "Infowars", a show President Donald Trump gets his information from when not watching Fox or reading Breitbart.

Abrams added: "What Alex Jones says is often reprehensible".




News programs have spent decades trying to assess how to grab headlines and stir up controversy without infuriating advertisers.

Sandy Hook families are not the only ones to express their displeasure with the Jones interview.

Kelly said Tuesday that she understands and respects the decision by Sandy Hook Promise to disinvite her as host of its Wednesday gala, but is disappointed. "They're scared of what we're doing".

Whatever the source of the outrage, NBC has to go forward with the Jones interview. This means, however, that the sense of disgust is not only about Jones himself.

"I'm a news and politics-engaged individual", Kutz said, "but I don't care to watch interviews with liars of either Putin's or Jones's ilk". He's been elevated by five or six million viewers or listeners, and by the president of the United States. Now, not even Jones wants his interview to air. "As you know, journalists don't get the choice over who has power or influence in our country".

Kelly also defended the decision to air the interview.

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