Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Peter Castro
June 20, 2017

After a week's worth of controversy and second-guessing, NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly aired her sit-down interview with internet provocateur Alex Jones on Sunday evening, finally answering the question: if a news show gives a conspiracy theorist a platform, but nobody's there to watch it, does it make a sound?

She has defended her decision by noting that his influence has grown with the rise of President Donald Trump, who has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.

Jones's website responded to Kelly's interview by calling it a "dishonest hit piece", an opinion he offered days before the report aired when he "leaked" an audio recording of a pre-interview discussion.

Three episodes in, Megyn Kelly's Sunday Night is suffering from no shortage of attention. Members of that community, where 20 children and six educators were killed, were among those who spoke out against NBC airing the interview, and a local NBC affiliate refused to even carry the program. Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who has also called the September 11 attacks an inside job and promoted the false story that a pizza place in Washington, D.C. was the site of a child sex ring.

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Kelly drew 6.2 million viewers to her interview of Vladimir Putin during her show's June 4 debut. Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son Dylan in the shooting, publicly announced she wouldn't view the interview for "obvious" reasons. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. She claims she was moving forward with the interview to highlight Jones' falsehoods in the way "journalists are supposed to do". NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told The Associated Press that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

A week before the episode aired, group founded by the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims dropped Kelly as an event host due to the then-unaired interview.

Kelly challenged Jones from the start, introducing him as a "radical conspiracy theorist" and promising to confront him on his "notorious lie" about Sandy Hook.

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