Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Connecticut NBC affiliate won't air Alex Jones interview

Connecticut NBC affiliate won't air Alex Jones interview

Jones, who claims 9/11 was "an inside job" and the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School included parents of 20 slain children who were "actors", said in a video posted Thursday to that he secretly recorded the interview because the edited version of it will be "a fraud" and "a lie".

Jones has stressed that he no longer holds to that view. In the preview clips of the segment that have been released, Kelly asks Jones about the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory.

Kelly, who interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the June 4 premiere of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", said on Twitter that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and been on his show.

Jones, founder of the website Infowars, has questioned what he calls the "official story" of Sandy Hook and suggested that a political cover-up took place.

At one point in the conversation, Kelly oddly referred to herself as a combination of Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey, and Larry the Cable Guy.

In the meantime, at least one advertiser has dropped out of sponsoring the broadcast, the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation booted Megyn Kelly from hosting its annual gala, and some outraged Sandy Hook families have reportedly threatened legal action if the interview airs. I find Alex Jones's suggestion that Sandy Hook was "a hoax" as personally revolting as every other rational person does.

"Sandy Hook Promise can not support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host", Hockley told A.P. Several Sandy Hooks families have apparently turned down the offer to appear with Megyn Kelly, however.

The Hartford Courant reported that the news was sent out through an internal memo that the newspaper obtained.

Picked up by Entertainment Weekly, the memo reads: "Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT". We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal.

NBC Connecticut is refusing to air the interview.

It was not immediately clear how many companies had pulled ads from this week's edition of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly". It's unclear if going forward with the Alex Jones interview is a desperate ratings grab.

In response, Kelly released a statement, saying, "I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I am of course disappointed that I won't be there to support them".

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