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

05:41  16 june  2017
05:41  16 june  2017 Source:   Los Angeles Times

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.

June 13 (Reuters) - 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.

NBC anchor Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones . Christina Hassinger, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, called Jones a "piece of actual garbage" in a tweet, and added "Shame on you @megynkelly."

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo Megyn Kelly poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. Kelly defended her decision to feature © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo Megyn Kelly poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. Kelly defended her decision to feature "InfoWars" host Alex Jones on her NBC newsmagazine despite taking heat Monday from families of Sandy Hook shooting victims and others, saying it's her job to "shine a light" on newsmakers. Critics argue that NBC's platform legitimizes the views of a man who, among other conspiracy theories, has suggested that the killing of 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 was a hoax. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — 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.

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.

“ Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview .” The fundraising event, scheduled for Wednesday night in Washington

NBC anchor Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones . Christina Hassinger, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, called Jones a "piece of actual garbage" in a tweet, and added "Shame on you @megynkelly."

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.

The legal threat is the latest headache in what has become an escalating public relations fiasco for NBC, which is trying to launch Kelly as its newest star after poaching her from Fox News Channel.

Meanwhile, Jones is promising to further complicate matters by posting his own recording of the interview on Infowars.

NBC News has not commented on the letter or Jones' claim that he will air the interview on his site.

Jones is known for saying the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting, which killed 26 people including 20 schoolchildren, was staged in order to promote tougher gun control laws.

NBC's Megyn Kelly defends Alex Jones interview after criticism

  NBC's Megyn Kelly defends Alex Jones interview after criticism <p>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.</p>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.

Families of the Sandy Hook victims are furious about Kelly’s interview . Shame on @ NBCNews and @megynkelly for normalizing that creep Alex Jones . It's time to boycott and protest to @ NBC advertisers # SandyHook .

Say her name - stare at this & tell me it's worth it. @ nbc # SandyHook ". She also told The Washington Post that giving " Alex Jones a platform on Father's Day is especially cruel to me". "This piece of actual garbage encourages people to call my mom's death a hoax and harass other Sandy Hook families .

"Airing Ms. Kelly's interview implicitly endorses the notion that Mr. Jones' lies are actually 'claims' that are worthy of serious debate; and in doing so it exponentially enhances the suffering and distress of our clients," said the letter from Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, which was sent to NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and other executives at the network.

Kelly and NBC have been under fire from critics and the Sandy Hook families ever since a tightly edited teaser of the interview aired on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" this week. Some TV news competitors have said that NBC has hurt itself by promoting the segment with Jones' inflammatory statements.

"The tease got them in trouble — that's always been the way," said Chris Cuomo, a co-anchor of CNN's "New Day" and a veteran of network newsmagazines.

Kelly and Lack have defended their decision to air the Jones interview.

The former Fox News anchor said she finds Jones' "suggestion that Sandy Hook was 'a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person does." But Kelly felt compelled to sit down with him to learn how someone who promotes outrageous conspiracy theories has a following of millions of people, including President Donald Trump.

According to a person familiar with the production of the story who is not authorized to comment publicly, Sandy Hook families are also being interviewed for the "Sunday Night" story. "The interview is part of a larger piece about (Jones). It's not the only part," the person said.

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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