NBC defends Kelly's Alex Jones interview

Nick Sanchez
June 16, 2017

"Until you see the full program, in the full context, I wouldn't judge it too much", Liz Cole, the executive producer of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", told CNNMoney. Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed at Sandy Hook, founded the organization with Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son Daniel.

In the interview, Kelly presses Jones on his statements regarding the Sandy Hook massacre.

"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.

The filmmaker spent a lot of time with the town's residents while filming Newtown, a documentary about the community's experience in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which a man killed 20 children and six adult staff members on December 14, 2012, before taking his own life.

The interview is scheduled to air on Sunday night, and J.P. Morgan Chase has already pulled advertising from the network because of Jones' appearance. Jones has also claimed, without protest from the White House, that President-elect Donald Trump called to thank him after the election.

President Trump was interviewed by Jones during the 2016 campaign, and he reportedly thanked Jones for his support after winning the election. After the debut episode of "Sunday Night" drew an estimated six million viewers June 4, the show's second episode pulled just 3.6 million viewers, less than half the number drawn by a repeat episode of CBS' "60 Minutes".

As most of my audience is aware, I have interviewed many insane, outlandish, hateful and controversial people over the years on my program, ranging from members of the Westboro Baptist Church to white nationalist, alt-right leader Richard Spencer.

Kelly said Tuesday that she understands and respects the decision by Sandy Hook Promise to disinvite her as host of its Wednesday gala, but is disappointed. "It doesn't stop us from doing controversial stories". He's gaining in popularity and, perhaps more important, has back-channel communications with the president of the United States, who has been known to espouse some of his theories.

When Kelly called Jones out for saying parents "faked their children's death" about the Newtown shooting, Jones retaliated and said, "Yeah, well they don't get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from sanctions".

Jones also described Kelly as not feminine, cold and robotic. "What I think we're doing in journalism", she said, per the AP. "As you know, journalists don't get the choice over who has power or influence in our country".

First, there was their flirtatious pre-interview banter when Kelly visited Jones' Austin studio recently.

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