NBC's Megyn Kelly defended her heavily criticized interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by saying at the start of the Sunday broadcast of her program that the man who called a 2012 CT school massacre a hoax has the attention of President Donald Trump.
"Infowars" host Jones never gave a direct answer in a segment Sunday night on NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.' Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who has also called the September 11 attacks an inside job".
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.
Relatives of the shooting victims have called Jones' comments hurtful and said he has encourage people to harass them. But he added that he remained skeptical after he "watched the footage" of children leaving the building. One of the interview topics was Jones' claims that the shooting was a "false flag" to push new gun control laws.
Megyn Kelly stepped into a hornet's nest with her Alex Jones interview, seemingly placing NBC News and its new star in a no-win situation. Kelly was to be the host of a gala to benefit the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, but was uninvited after news of the segment began to spread.
"I tend to believe that children probably did die there". "Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents (and) considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal", Tully wrote.
"He has millions of listeners and the ear of our current president", Kelly said before tossing to the interview. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told The Associated Press that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.
Setting the cautionary aspects of dealing with such a personality aside, "Sunday Night" can only be judged by what made it onto the screen, which began with Kelly promising to "confront [Jones] on his notorious lie about the Sandy Hook massacre".
Kelly, who gained prominence as an anchor at Fox News, joined NBC this year.
Throughout the week leading up to Sunday's airing of the interview, Jones had been busy whipping up conspiracy theories that NBC and Kelly would misrepresent him and make him look bad.