NBC moving ahead with Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:37
"Oh, I know, but they don't get angry about the half a million dead Iraqis from the sanctions, or they don't get angry about all the illegal-" Jones responded before Kelly interjected to say he was dodging her question. Jones has long dismissed the Sandy Hook school shooting as a hoax.
The backlash over the interview also led to Kelly being dropped as host for the Promise Champions Gala, which will be held on Wednesday, June 14, in Washington, D.C. The annual event benefits the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, which was founded by the parents of several children who were killed in the elementary school shooting.
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "It's not unusual. We kind of know when we're doing controversial stories, that's going to happen".
Network insiders are voicing their discontent with the decision to offer a platform to Jones, the InfoWars host and Sandy Hook "truther", and some of them want Kelly's second program since jumping over from Fox News to be called off before it airs, reported The Daily Beast.
NBC executives say Kelly repeatedly challenged Jones in the interview. Thus far, financial firm JPMorganChase is the only advertiser to officially pull out of the broadcast.
Some of those who reacted to Kelly's interview were the family of Victoria Soto, a teacher who was killed in the attack at Sandy Hook. What's more, a CNN report mere hours before Page Six's article included official comments from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, who signaled the network knew hiring Kelly would ultimately produce controversy.
"What I think we're doing is journalism", she added.
"We believe your decision to allow Megyn Kelly to interview Alex Jones and airing it on Father's Day is beyond heartless and reckless", states the letter. "The controversies Jones stirs up have real consequences for real people".
Jones, for his part, has already denounced the interview as "fake news" and said it was purposeful hit job on him.