NBC News Megyn Kelly defended her interview with online radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones Sunday night, telling her audience that the Infowars host isnt going away.
Kelly opened the third episode of her newsmagazine series by promising to confront Jones about his notorious lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that killed 26 people in Newtown, Conn ., was a hoax.
Some thought we shouldnt broadcast this interview because his baseless accusations arent simply offensive, theyre dangerous, Kelly said in introducing the 20 -minute long segment. But heres the thing: Alex Jones isnt going away. She noted that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.
Kellys voiceover described Jones claims that the killings in Newtown were hoaxes as outrageous. When she tackled Jones, the host initially said his statements were an attempt to play demons advocate.
Was that devils advocate? The whole thing is a giant hoax? The whole thing was fake? Kelly asked.
Yes, told Jones, who added “hes having” watched footage of children evacuating the school on that day and it looks like a drill.
When Kelly tried to explain the fury that his posture caused, Jones cut her off.
Oh, I know, but they dont get angry about the half-million dead Iraqis from the[ economic] sanctions[ under Saddam Hussein]
Thats a dodge, Kelly interjected.
No, its not a dodging, Jones answered. The media never encompasses all the evil wars its promoted
That doesnt excuse what you did and said about Newtown, Kelly fired back. You know it.
Finally, Jones acknowledged, I tend to believe that children likely did die there. But then, you look at all the other proof on the other side, I can see how other people believe that nobody died there.
Of course, there is no evidence on the other side, Kellys voiceover chimed in.
The segment with Jones combined Kelly’s interview with background on his relationship with Trump and remarks from Newtown parent Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the shooting. When Kelly asked him whether he had anything to say to Jones for Father’s Day, he responded, “I think he’s blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to. I don’t have that.”
Last week, Jones leaked an audio recording of what he said was a phone conversation with Kelly, hear promising she would not portray him as “some kind of boogeyman.” Shortly before Sunday’s night interview, Jones released a Father’s Day video in which he offered condolences to households who had lost children in the “horrible tragedy” of Newton, but did not refer to his previous commentaries disputing the killings.
“Parents should never have to inter their own children, ” Jones said.
Kelly and NBC had been fiercely criticized for her decision to interview Jones. Connecticuts statewide NBC owned-and-operated station declined to broadcast Sundays program, saying that the meanders are understandably still so raw in the state. Lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook shooting wrote to the network and asked them not to air the interview.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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