Did Megyn Kelly legitimize this guy?

Carla Harmon
June 14, 2017

An anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has dumped Megyn Kelly as host of an event in Washington this week because of her planned interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

He released a statement Tuesday calling for Kelly and NBC to "shelve" the interview.

The decision to interview Jones, whose ideas are widely discredited, angered some relatives of those who died in 2012 when a 20-year-old man fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

But while reports are claiming that NBC was allegedly sent into "crisis mode" over the Megyn and Sandy Hook drama earlier this week, the outlet added that as of right now there are no plans to cancel Kelly's interview and pull it from the Sunday night slot despite viewers hitting back in a major way.

"I find that Alex Jones's suggestion that Sandy Hook was "a hoax" as personally revolting as every other rational person does", Kelly's statement on Twitter reads.

NBC declined to say how many advertisers have distanced themselves from Kelly's new show "Sunday Night". "It doesn't stop us from doing controversial stories". Lack said the story will be edited with the sensitivity of its critics in mind.

Kelly made the case that she's not elevating Jones - "he's been elevated by five or six million viewers or listeners, and by the President of the United States".

"They're scared of what we're doing", Jones said.

And JPMorgan Chase will pull its local advertisements on NBC News programming until after the interview airs on Sunday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

To some critics, NBC's timing in airing the Jones interview on Father's Day makes the decision worse.

Hockley asked Lack to cancel the interview with Jones, the Texas-based host of "Infowars", who questions whether the worst crime in CT history happened. "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".

"There is nothing wrong with NBC "shining a light" on Alex Jones and Infowars, but it should not give him a full platform to spew risky lies and conspiracy theories", the Care2 petition reads.

It was not clear which other companies had followed suit, as Kelly's new show since moving over to the network from Fox News Channel showed disappointing ratings with its second episode.

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