Nothing could have been gained by either Megyn Kelly or NBC News by holding back on expressions of skepticism or out-and-out incredulity in the face of this interview subject's contorted excuse-making for the far-out assertions he has made about various subjects, most notably the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
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 on NBC's "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly". But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill". Jones, meanwhile, did all he could to taint the piece in advance, surreptitiously taping their conversations and releasing them prior to the broadcast.
The program took a nosedive in comparison to Kelly's debut on June 4, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
At least one NBC affiliate, WVIT in New Britain, Connecticut, opted to not air the program out of respect for families of those slain in the December 2012 mass killing. In a Boston Globe opinion piece headlined "Megyn Kelly's interview with a sweaty, stammering Alex Jones wasn't worth it", University of ME journalism professor Michael J. Socolow criticized Kelly for being unable to glean any new information from Jones, arguing that the piece "lacked real news value". Reruns ran after "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly".
Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview.
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Moving into a prosecutorial mode that was frequently her strength on Fox, Kelly did press him, enlisting a Newtown parent and MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes to help contextualize the "toxic paranoia" that he spreads among his listeners.
Of course, what Kelly was clearly demonstrating was that there is no vetting process. Kelly, who has many miles to go before she finds her footing as a big-time newsmagazine anchor, can and has done worse. Kelly wrote of her battles with Trump and Ailes in her best-selling memoir from 2016, "Settle for More".
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.