Megyn Kelly’s Sitdown w/Conspiracy Theorist to Run Despite Leaked Audio
NBC News is sticking by its plan to air the controversial interview between Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly on Sunday night, even after Jones and his InfoWars publication leaked a private conversation between them in which Kelly assures him fair treatment and promises that the segment would not be a “hit piece.”
“Despite Alex Jones’ efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to getting this serious story right,” said an NBC News spokesperson on Friday, after Jones leaked part of the interview on Thursday night and then a longer version on Friday morning.
In the Friday video, Jones told Kelly that Charlie Rose’s show and ABC’s The View want to tape segments with him. Asked about plans for an interview, an ABC spokeswoman said, “He was scheduled to appear next week to promote his book. They cancelled on us and there are no plans to reschedule.”
NBC News’ decision to air the piece comes amid swirling backlash and outcry from the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over the anchor’s sitdown with the controversial InfoWars host and Trump friend, who has pushed false conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton and the Sandy Hook massacre. On Tuesday, an anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed in the 2012 shooting dropped Kelly as host of an event in Washington. CNN chief Jeff Zucker added his name to the chorus of critics, saying the marketing for the televised sitdown has been “unfortunate.”
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