Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Weekend Entertainment: NBC to air Jones interview despite efforts to 'distract'

Weekend Entertainment: NBC to air Jones interview despite efforts to 'distract'

Connecticut's NBC affiliate announced Friday that it will not air this week's edition of 'Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, ' which features an interview with far-right radio host Alex Jones.

In an internal memo obtained by TVNewser, the station suggested that Connecticut NBC viewers who want to see the interview should tune in to NBCNews.com on Monday.

Among those who are calling on NBC not to run the piece are lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents [and] considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told the AP that the story on "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" will be edited with the sensitivity of its critics in mind.

In a preview of the interview released last Sunday, Kelly does grill Jones on his baseless accusation about the mass shooting; however, Jones on Thursday made publicly available audio that the blogger claims he took of Kelly. Jones, who is the creator of the website InfoWars, has caused a lot of controversy by claiming the shooting was a hoax and the child victims were played by actors. JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Monday that it would pull all ads and digital spots from Kelly's show until after the interview airs. Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun violence organization started by several family members, disinvited Kelly from its gala, which she had been scheduled to host.

During the 97-second preview, Jones calls the attacks of September 11 an "inside job", questions the legitimacy of the shootings at Sandy Hook and says, "Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids".

Kelly has defended her decision to proceed with the interview in the face of the public criticism. "Jones has said he believed it will be a 'fraud, ' and said he would release an unedited version of the interview that he recorded".

"Our goal at sitting down with him was to shine a light - as journalists are supposed to do - on this influential figure and yes - to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity", she said.

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