Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Megyn Kelly suggests her interview with Alex Jones

Megyn Kelly suggests her interview with Alex Jones

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 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. But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill". Then you would have missed Keith Morrison's weird travelogue of New Zealand. "I've watched the footage", he said. Kelly's instincts here aren't wrong: Viewers who don't want to hear a single word from Jones need to know more about him and the people who believe him. "I don't have that". She claims she was moving forward with the interview to highlight Jones' falsehoods in the way "journalists are supposed to do". Amid that controversy, the piece that aired Sunday credibly justified covering the Infowars phenomenon, which was the bar that "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" ultimately had to clear.

"Parents should never have to bury their own children", Jones said. The station was the only NBC affiliate that would not give airtime to the program, which devoted a 15-minute segment of its one-hour running time to Jones. Lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre wrote to the network and asked them not to air the interview. "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" had 6.2 million viewers for Kelly's interview of Vladimir Putin on the show's June 4 debut.

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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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Moving into a prosecutorial mode that was frequently her strength on Fox, Kelly did press him, enlisting a Newtown parent and MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes to help contextualize the "toxic paranoia" that he spreads among his listeners.

"I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil's advocate", he said.

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Of course, what Kelly was clearly demonstrating was that there is no vetting process. The site has gone mainstream as it has allied itself with President Trump during his presidential campaign. But even a masterclass in dress-down interviews wouldn't undo the damage already done by NBC News and Kelly.

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