Following backlash over the news that NBC will air a segment on SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MEGYN KELLY featuring conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, the head of NBC News said yesterday that the network will move forward with plans to air the interview.
"The signs about Megyn Kelly's one-on-one NBC interview with the despicable conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been bad from the start", wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan on Tuesday.
Then, on Monday night, The Wall Street Journal reported that J.P. Morgan Chase had chose to pull its advertisements from Kelly's show until after the segment aired.
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.
Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was killed at Sandy Hook, said she fears that giving Jones exposure would encourage Jones' followers who have harassed her and others.
Reporters have interviewed controversial characters like Syrian President Bashar Assad and child molesters in the past without getting this kind of a reaction, Kelly said in an interview Tuesday. A woman was recently sentenced to prison for such threats.
Kelly is a former Fox News host who joined NBC earlier this year. NBC said it was scheduled for competitive reasons, because Jones had been booked to appear on ABC's daytime show "The View" next week.
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After releasing a preview of the interview, a backlash against Kelly and Jones ensued.
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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.
On Tuesday, Kelly was dropped from Wednesday's Sandy Hook Promise charity gala, which she was slated to host. Jones, on camera, asks Kelly when she is going to interview Donald Trump, and when she answers that she would use her Jones interview "as a lure", Jones asks if she would sit in the president's lap.
She went on saying, "I find Alex Jones's suggestion on that Sandy Hook was "a hoax" as a personally revolting as every rational person does", before adding that the goal of the interview was to "discuss the considerable falsehoods he promoted with near impunity". "It doesn't stop us from doing controversial stories". The buzz from Kelly's encounter with Putin was all about a velvet dress with a thigh-high slit that she wore to a dinner party the night before the interview.
Nevertheless, NBC is planning to air the interview on Sunday, and the show's executive producer is asking viewers to withhold judgment until then. "As you know, journalists don't get the choice over who has power or influence in our country". Last March, Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" interviewed Mike Cernovich, who's also part of the Jones conspiracy network.
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