Comment: First, I have never cared for Megyn Kelly or her style of reporting. Second, Alex Jones is too myopic for my tastes. Third, This little eruption is important given the fact that the real issue here is First Amendment rights. Those attacking both Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones are those in main, who never miss an opportunity to protest something or anyone with whom they disagree. They are simply nothing more than closet fascists, buffoons, for the most part, best denigrated for their ignorant stupidity and lack of intellect – fools best ignored….WFM
Megyn Kelly defends Alex Jones interview, NBC
pressured to cancel it….
Megyn Kelly suddenly finds herself at the center of a media uproar over one of her first interviews at NBC.
Her sitdown with Alex Jones—radio host, conspiracy theorist and longtime lightning rod—has sparked intense criticism even before it airs on her new magazine show this Sunday.
The controversy has already prompted one major advertiser, JP Morgan, to pull its commercials from NBC to avoid being associated with any promotion for the show.
This reflects a collision between the journalistic imperative to talk to people in the news, no matter how disreputable, and the raw emotion of those who feel brutalized by such a person. As pressure builds on NBC to pull the “Sunday Night” interview, even Jones is insisting it shouldn’t run.
Kelly says the outrageous nature of some of Jones’ claims is the reason she believes it was important to conduct the interview.
Jones, whose site is called Infowars, has embraced a number of conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence, such as calling the 9/11 attacks an “inside job.” But none has proved as hurtful as his contention that the murder of 20 students and six adults at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook elementary school was a hoax. He literally accused the parents mourning the death of their children of being actors.
The family of Vicki Soto, a teacher killed in the attack, told Kelly in a Facebook posting that it was “greatly disappointed” in her decision to interview Jones: “Alex and his followers have done nothing but make our lives a living hell for the last 4-1/2 years.”
One of those grieving parents, Nelba Marquez-Greene, called the interview an “egregious offense” to the relatives of those killed in the 2012 massacre. She told the Washington Post that “to give Alex Jones a platform on Father’s Day is especially cruel to me.” The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit group opposed to gun violence, has dropped Kelly as host of an annual gala being held tomorrow in Washington.
Kelly, the former Fox News prime-time host who joined NBC this year, responded in a statement provided by the network:
“I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?
“President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many. Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light – as journalists are supposed to do – on this influential figure, and yes – to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity.”
Kelly added that she was “disappointed” to be dropped from the gala but that “I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers.”
Dan Abrams, ABC’s chief legal analyst, defended the Kelly interview today on “Good Morning America,” saying “I’ve interviewed murderers before, so has every major network. And we don’t get this kind of backlash.”
He added that: “What Alex Jones says is often reprehensible. Sometimes it’s crazy. He’s also incredibly influential…The notion that the answer to that is to ignore him is absurd.”
In a preview clip, Jones offered an ambiguous response when Kelly asked him about the Newtown massacre.
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