Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Television journalist Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones

The decision to interview Jones was met with criticism from those arguing a mainstream outlet like NBC should not give a platform to a risky conspiracy theorist - but Kelly's tough questioning of Jones and some selective editing drew plaudits from skeptics who assumed Kelly would grant the Infowars host a puff piece. She has defended her decision by noting that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.

She said Monday she won't watch the interview for "obvious" reasons; Jones has called the school shooting a hoax. When Kelly asked him whether he had anything to say to Jones for Father's Day, he responded, "I think he's blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to". In a Boston Globe opinion piece headlined "Megyn Kelly's interview with a sweaty, stammering Alex Jones wasn't worth it", University of ME journalism professor Michael J. Socolow criticized Kelly for being unable to glean any new information from Jones, arguing that the piece "lacked real news value".

"Parents should never have to bury their own children", Jones said. The woman said she informed her belief that Sandy Hook was fake by reports by Jones' InfoWars and other similar publications. The local NBC affiliate in CT that serves the area where the shooting took place refused to air the interview. Jones leaked audio of his conversations with Kelly days before the broadcast.


An NBC newsmagazine has led a "60 Minutes" broadcast in adult 18-49 viewers in three of the last five weeks - on May 21, June 4 (the "Sunday Night" debut) and June 18. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told the AP that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

Before Bill O'Reilly's "exit" from Fox News, Kelly's salary at NBC made her the 6th highest paid TV host in the nation. Relatives of some of the victims also spoke in the Sunday segment on NBC.

"Airing Ms. Kelly's interview implicitly endorses the notion that Mr. Jones" lies are actually "claims' that are worthy of serious debate, and in doing so it exponentially enhances the suffering and distress of our clients", lawyers Josh Koskoff and Katie Mesner-Hage wrote the network, via A.P.

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