Megyn Kelly Under Fire For Interviewing Conspiracy Theorist
Thousands criticize Megyn Kelly for giving Alex Jones a platform to spread his views
NBC journalist Megyn Kelly is coming under widespread criticism for her upcoming interview with conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars, Alex Jones. Kelly traveled last week to Jones’ studio in Austin, Texas for a confrontational interview with the man who maintains that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, in which 20 children and six school staff were murdered, was a hoax. In response to the interview, which will air on June 18, tens of thousands of Twitter users have condemned Kelly and NBC for giving Jones a platform on national television to promote his views.
Alex Jones doesn't deserve one second of air time. What a horrible lack of respect to the families of Sandy Hook. @NBCNews
— M. Ejample (@bnelvr) June 12, 2017
Among those criticizing Kelly’s decision is Nelba Márquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Márquez-Greene, who was six years old when she was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Márquez-Greene tagged Kelly in a series of tweets, including one with an image of her daughter, asking Kelly if the ratings were worth the pain she will cause grieving parents.
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
Thousands of additional tweets tagging Kelly berated her for “giving that psycho a forum” and “giving voice to the man who suggested [Sandy Hook] was a hoax.” Several accused her of causing pain to the families of the Sandy Hook victims to boost her viewers.
— Arizona Votes (@AZVotes) June 12, 2017
While the interview has yet to air, some details have already been previewed to the public. The preview material shows Kelly confronting Jones over his claims about Sandy Hook, telling him “When you say parent faked their children’s death, people get very angry.” Jones shared his own reaction to the interview, describing Kelly as working for the “new world order,” and stating he “felt zero attraction” to her.