Megyn Kelly is facing backlash and NBC is reportedly in “crisis mode” just days before the airing of her interview with Infowars operator Alex Jones. The interview with the controversial known conspiracy theorist is set to air Sunday night and critics are deeming Kelly irresponsible for giving Jones a mainstream platform.
Here’s what you need to know:
Published conspiracy theories by Alex Jones:
- The Sandy Hook tragedy was a hoax and completely fake, claiming victims were actors and the entire tragedy was staged.
- Orlando, Boston and Brussels terror attacks were “false flags” orchestrated by the Obama administration to push agenda.
- September 11th terror attacks also deemed a “false flag”
- The government has weather steering machines “that can create and steer tornadoes.”
Rightly so, the parents and survivors of Sandy Hook are of the most outspoken Megan and NBC critics. Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan who was one of 20 children and 6 adults killed at Sandy Hook in 2012 has reportedly written to NBC chairman Andrew Lack requesting the interview be pulled. She writes:
“That Jones could posit that what happened in Newtown was a hoax is beyond reprehensible; it is indefensible…The exposure that Jones will receive as a result of the broadcast will enrich him further and invigorate him and his supporters.”
Coincidentally (or not) Megyn was set to host the Sandy Hook Promise’s gala on Wednesday night, she has since been dropped. The Sandy Hook Promise is a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded by families of the Newtown shooting victims.
Kelly issued a statement in response. It reads in part:
“I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night,” Kelly wrote. “I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does.”
Kelly has since continued to defend her decision to move forward with the Jones interview:
“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,” Kelly wrote. “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.”
Things To Consider:
- Kelly jumped to NBC News from Fox News Channel earlier this year.
- After the debut episode of Sunday Night drew an estimated six million viewers the show’s second episode pulled just 3.6 million viewers, less than half the number drawn by a repeat episode of CBS’ 60 Minutes.
- NBC knows what they are doing. They know controversy brings ratings so, isn’t all this probably what they wanted?
My Final Thoughts:
Look, Megyn is allowed to interview any person, place or thing she wants to. The problem I’m having lays with the intention behind the decision to interview Jones. Is it journalism in pure and true nature? Or is it because NBC has put all their eggs in Megyn’s basket and aren’t getting the ratings return they had hoped for?
Myself, I’ve maybe heard the name Alex Jones before, I certainly knew that these crazy conspiracies existed but never really knew or thought about who came up with them. Now because of Sunday’s interview, Alex Jones will most likely be a household name.
Until Next Time!