Sandy Hook Group Dumps Megyn Kelly as Event Host

Posted June 16, 2017

However, Kelly has continued to defend her interview with Jones, while trying to sympathize with the families that were affected by the conspiracy theories presented.

"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".

The network has been taken aback by the response to booking Jones, the "Infowars" host who has questioned whether the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. JPMorgan Chase pulled its local television ads from NBC News programming until after the interview airs.

When Megyn Kelly released the 90-second promo for her interview with controversial media figure Alex Jones, the pushback was immediate. Jones has also claimed, without protest from the White House, that President-elect Donald Trump called to thank him after the election. As long as the context is right, you have to make it clear that you think he's nuts and be properly prepared to push back at what he says, I think it's fine. But Sunday Night in week two enjoyed only half the audience of 60 Minutes, with Kelly's viewers numbering 3.6 million compared with 7.9 million for CBS last Sunday.

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And then there's Kelly's unimpressive track record in interviewing hard-to-pin-down subjects - most recently, Vladimir Putin, who simply steamrolled her, and previous year, when she was still at Fox News, her much-hyped "meh" of an interview with Donald Trump, a broadcast that she concluded by promoting her autobiographical book.

A serious investigation of Jones by America's top news network would do the real work of journalism: spreading the truth and holding an influential figure accountable for his unsafe lies.

"Oh, I know, but they don't get angry about the half a million dead Iraqis from the sanctions, or they don't get angry about all the illegal-" Jones responded before Kelly interjected to say he was dodging her question. I've always felt it's important to try to engage and challenge their ideas, and to try to shed light on where those ideas are coming from. "It doesn't stop us from doing controversial stories".

On Tuesday, Kelly said she understands and respects the decision by Sandy Hook Promise to disinvite her as host of its gala tonight but added that she's disappointed.

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After his interview had been taped, Jones denounced it on "InfoWars" as "fake news, in my view". "As you know, journalists don't get the choice over who has power or influence in our country".

These days, Megyn Kelly seems to have more critics than fans (photo: Splash News).

Kelly also defended the decision to air the interview.

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