US NBC's Megyn Kelly defends Alex Jones interview after criticism

02:10  14 june  2017
02:10  14 june  2017 Source:   Reuters

NBC executive defends Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones

  NBC executive defends Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones Liz Cole, the executive producer of Megyn Kelly's Sunday night NBC News show, said people should wait to judge Kelly's interview with Alex Jones until it airs this weekend. Kelly is facing backlash for the upcoming interview with InfoWars host Alex Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist who believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax and says 9/11 was an inside job."He's a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it's our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be," Cole told CNN's Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.

By Bernie Woodall June 13- NBC ' s Megyn Kelly on Tuesday defended her interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones In a statement on Sunday rescinding Kelly 's invite to host their gala, the Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit said it hoped she and NBC would reconsider and not broadcast the interview .

NBC ' s Megyn Kelly on Tuesday defended her interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones , saying it was important to show why a person who calls the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax is respected by many Americans, including President Donald Trump.

TV host Megyn Kelly arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York© REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TV host Megyn Kelly arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York NBC's Megyn Kelly on Tuesday defended her interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying it was important to show why a person who calls the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax is respected by many Americans, including President Donald Trump.

The decision to interview Jones, whose ideas are widely discredited, angered some relatives of those who died in 2012 when a 20-year-old man fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

It prompted a gun control nonprofit linked to some of the victims' families to cancel its invitation for Kelly to host a fundraising gala on Wednesday in Washington.

Megyn Kelly No Longer Hosting Sandy Hook Benefit Due to Alex Jones Interview

  Megyn Kelly No Longer Hosting Sandy Hook Benefit Due to Alex Jones Interview Megyn Kelly is facing repercussions following her interview with Sandy Hook hoaxer Alex Jones. Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, released a statement on Monday that the NBC host will no longer emcee the organization’s annual Promise Champions Gala on June 14 in Washington D.C. Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, released a statement on Monday that the NBC host will no longer emcee the organization’s annual Promise Champions Gala on June 14 in Washington D.C.

Megyn Kelly defends Alex Jones interview , calls Sandy Hook denial 'revolting'. The NBC anchor says the interview is meant to ‘shine a light’ on ‘this influential figure’.

NBC Exec defends Megyn Kelly ' s Alex Jones interview . When Megyn Kelly released the 90-second promo for her interview with controversial media figure Alex Jones , the pushback was immediate.

And JPMorgan Chase will pull its local advertisements on NBC News programming until after the interview airs on Sunday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Kelly said in a statement she understood and respected the concerns and she found Jones' suggestion that Sandy Hook was a hoax "personally revolting" as does "every other rational person."

But she said it left many wondering how Jones and his "outrageous conspiracy theories" have the respect of millions including Trump, who she said has elevated Jones by praising him and appearing on his show.

"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," Kelly said.

Sandy Hook families threaten legal action against NBC News over Alex Jones interview

  Sandy Hook families threaten legal action against NBC News over Alex Jones interview Several of the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have threatened legal action against NBC if it airs Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 massacre a hoax. In a letter to NBC News executives obtained by the Los Angeles Times, a law firm representing the families says the network is inflicting harm on them by presenting the views of Jones, a right-wing internet radio host and founder of the website Infowars, even though the network knows they are false.

NBC ' s Megyn Kelly is taking heat for featuring conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on her newsmagazine this week. When he tried to change the subject, Kelly said, "that's a dodge." After his interview had been taped, Jones denounced it on "Infowars" as "fake news, in my view."

— Megyn Kelly (@ megynkelly ) June 12, 2017. Critics argue that NBC ’ s platform legitimizes the NBC hasn’t immediately commented on the criticism . J.P. Morgan Chase’s chief marketing officer After his interview had been taped, Jones denounced it on Infowars as “fake news, in my view.”

The NBC television network is part of NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast Corp.

Jones founded the ultra conservative website Infowars.

In a statement on Sunday rescinding Kelly's invite to host their gala, the Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit said it hoped she and NBC would reconsider and not broadcast the interview.

A JPMorgan Chase spokeswoman declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal report. But a senior bank executive spoke out on Twitter.

"As an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?" Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer at JPMorgan Chase, tweeted on Monday.

Her reference to Aurora regarded the murder of a dozen people by a gunman who opened fire inside a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb in 2012.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Andrew Hay)

Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop .
Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with Alex Jones on NBC ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" brought in an average of 3.5 million viewers, marking the fewest viewers the show has drawn since debuting on June 4.Kelly's news magazine trailed both a repeat episode of CBS's "60 Minutes," which deliveredAccording to Nielsen Media Research, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" brought in an average of 3.5 million viewers, marking the fewest viewers the show has drawn since debuting on June 4.

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