Megyn Kelly Defends Alex Jones Interview, Responds to Backlash: Sandy Hook Hoax Claim Is ‘Revolting’

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Megyn Kelly defended her upcoming interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Since the interview was announced, Kelly has faced a considerable amount of backlash for booking Jones on her new NBC show “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” — JPMorgan Chase & Co. said on Monday that it would pull all ads and digital spots from the show until after the interview airs, and earlier Tuesday morning Kelly was dropped as the host of Sandy Hook Promise’s gala.

“I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night,” Kelly wrote. “I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does.”

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Kelly went on to defend her decision to proceed with the interview, especially considering the far-right media personality’s affiliation with President Donald Trump. “President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many,” Kelly wrote. “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.”

Jones is a familiar subject of controversy, and has promoted many conspiracy theories, including that the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. was a government hoax.

Kelly was scheduled to host the annual gala of Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit gun violence prevention group that has strong ties to the Newtown shooting. The organization’s co-founder and managing director Nicole Hockley said Tuesday that Kelly had agreed to “step down.”

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones,” Hockley said in a statement. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Read Kelly’s full statement below:

Kelly expressed similar sentiments in a tweet sent on Sunday. “[Trump has] been on and praises Alex Jones’ show,” she wrote. “He’s giving Infowars a White House press credential. Many don’t know him; our job is to shine a light.”

Kelly drew more tempered ire for her show’s debut interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In her review for Variety, critic Maureen Ryan called the first installment of Kelly’s show “a long way from must-see TV.”

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  1. Todd Johnson says:

    You guys are missing something. He ALREADY HAS A HUGE PLATFORM. Bringing him on to debunk him is a Good Thing. Personally hiding from it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any listeners or viewers. Playing the emotion card about it isn’t going to solve the fact that when you google about Sandy Hook Hoax, you get FAR more propagating that BS. It needs to be shot down.

    By your rationale, NBC shouldn’t have an DEBUNKING interview with some guy who gets Millions of people believing we never went to moon…. falsely thinking that “giving him a platform that doesn’t exist” will somehow make more people believe it. No, you DeBunk them and make them look like idiots… so enough people will BASH the idiot to keep others from believing his nonsense!

  2. Perhaps Megyn Kelly should interview Dr. Josef Mengele, “The Angel of Death”? Find out where Hitler gets his crazy ideas.

  3. @megynkelly Lost conservative viewers when she started her witch hunt. She whines, is transparent, insincere, and wants to appear professional. She lost our attention claiming POTUS threatened her. We believe she embellishes his intent.

  4. DC says:

    Contact NBC and tell them how much of a hack you think Megyn Kelly is http://www.nbc.com/contact-us

  5. AndyMan says:

    Kelly is an opportunist, partisan hack. NOT a journalist. SHAME on NBC, Andy Lack, and advertisers that support her programming. BOYCOTT NBC.

  6. Jimmy Green says:

    Maybe her next interview could be with Paula White & her spiritual role in the Trump administration. Questions like: How often she “prays” on her knees with the President?

  7. CJB says:

    Wow! Nice work NBC. I think you may have won the race to the bottom.
    And now, goodbye.

  8. Lynn Joyce says:

    Oh come on, folks! This is exactly where Kelly wants to be. In the limelight the center of attention no matter how negative or evil. She is addicted to it. She knows that her time at the “top” is over, so now she will do anything to create that “limelight” again. Good luck with that MK, you pretty much blew it with the phony nice girl act at Fox. This is also just more oil she can pour on her President Trump hate fire.

  9. cowgirldiva says:

    Why do people continue to refer to Megyn Kelly as a “journalist”…! Last time I looked, she was a propagandist dealing in Yellow Journalism..!! This makes her an egotistical, self-promoting LIAR only after more of the spotlight and not a REAL journalist in anyone’s book….!

  10. George Lewis says:

    Fail Megyn, fail. We The People see you for who & what you are.

  11. K.D. says:

    As long as it really is journalism, as Kelly better take her game much higher than the Putin interview, and put some real teeth into it, to show him as the dangerous – and scarily influential – clown he is!

  12. Andre Gastinato says:

    There is no defense of giving Alex Jones, the originator of the “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Hoax” fake news a place on network TV. We do not need Megyn Kelly to bring Fox News scripted propaganda to NBC. The fact that the President watches garbage like Alex Jones is NO excuse to give Jones an even larger platform to spew his hate rhetoric. Yeah, yeah we know it’s all about ratings and revenue but I can’t believe any quality product or service would want to be associated with Alex Jones and at some point NBC should seriously question their logic in hiring a non journalist like Megyn Kelly.

    • Mark O'Neill says:

      Derp derp, you’re a moron

      • Ralph says:

        Alex jones never said kids werent killed at sandy hook…mebbe yall shud listen to what he is really sayinv instead of brushing him away…..i bet you all think you are open minded and unbiased…..you are the ones that should be ashamed

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