Megyn Kelly interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones proves a ratings disappointment
- Author: Gina Adkins Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 1:41
Jones, founder of the website Infowars, has questioned what he calls the "official story" of Sandy Hook and suggested a political cover-up took place. But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill".
During the interview, Jones never gave a direct answer when Kelly pressed him to admit he was wrong in his claim about the shootings. "But then you look at all the other evidence on the other side, I could see how other people believe that nobody died there". Meanwhile, Jones demanded the segment be killed, insisting NBC News' promo for the interview had been edited to distort his views and threatening to release his secret recording of the full interview - which has yet to surface. Not only is Jones a deeply divisive figure, but Kelly - a former Fox News anchor - is still toting around baggage from her last job, with many progressives eager to dredge up moments like her assurance to kids that Santa Claus is white.
WVIT substituted yesterday's broadcast of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" with a rerun of the syndicated home fix show "George to the Rescue".
"I tend to believe that children probably did die there". In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".
Those numbers were practically even with last week's episode, in which Kelly interviewed Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, and down sharply from her June 4 debut episode, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Puttin and drew 6.1 million viewers.
Kelly challenged Jones from the start, introducing him as a "radical conspiracy theorist" and promising to confront him on his "notorious lie" about Sandy Hook.
A parent of one of the children killed in the 2012 CT school shootings says she won't view the Megyn Kelly interview of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that aired Sunday on NBC.