Megyn Kelly has a new show on NBC that is gaining buzz and backlash soon after it began. That’s because Megyn’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly has already interviewed Alex Jones of InfoWars, a controversial man who has gotten 50,000 searches on Monday, June 12, according to Google Trends.
As seen in the below video snippet of Megyn’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which was released as a teaser video, Kelly questions Alex, who hosts The Alex Jones Show and operates the InfoWars website. The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, wherein 26 children and adults were killed, is one of the topics that Kelly took Alex to task for claiming was a hoax. As a result, terms like “Sandy Hoax” accompany “Sandy Hook” on social media.
Some Sandy Hook families don’t like that Megyn gave Jones a platform to spread hate, according to the New York Times. Especially in light of exchanges like those below between Kelly and Jones.
Alex: “Well Sandy Hook’s complex because I have had debates where, we devil’s advocates have said the whole story is true, and then I have had debates where I have said, that none of it is true.”
Megyn: “When you say parents faked their children’s death, people get very angry.”
Alex: “Well I know, but they don’t get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from the sanctions, or they don’t get angry about–”
Kelly: “That’s a dodge.”
Jones: “No it’s not a dodge…I looked at all the angles of Newtown, and I made my statements long before the media even picked up on it. We didn’t get any of the real important stuff. Well here’s the big one they always make fun of me. You probably want to throw this in there. Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids. Isn’t that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?”
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017
Alex’s conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which happened in 2012, as reported by the New York Times, claims that Sandy Hook was really a hoax designed to take away gun rights via the Second Amendment.
Such a claim being proliferated by right-wing extreme programs like The Alex Jones Show and websites like InfoWars have earned Jones a big audience, and lots of critics. Alex also believed that the attacks on September 11, 2001, were jobs created by the government. Then there was the Pizzagate hoax and other claims from Alex that drew apologies and a lawsuit from the yogurt company Chobani, as reported by the New York Times.
As a result of Jones and his controversial rants, Nelba Márquez-Greene isn’t taking the Sandy Hook hoax claims without fighting back. Her daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, died in Newtown, therefore she published the following photo of her daughter on Twitter, and included Kelly’s Twitter handle.
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
Unfortunately, even that tweet received some backlash from a user asking the bereaved mother to prove her daughter’s death.
Jones, meanwhile, seemed to backtrack about his appearance on Megyn’s show, claiming that Kelly’s show edited him incorrectly.
“They did not have me in there saying that I believed children died at Sandy Hook.”
Meanwhile, Megyn explained on Twitter that since President Trump has been on Alex’s show and that InfoWars has been given a White House press credential, it’s important to know who Jones is. For his part, Jones went after Kelly after their interview, as reported by Mediaite. Alex claimed he wasn’t attracted to Megyn at all after their interview.
“Not feminine. Cold. Robotic. Dead. I felt zero attraction to Megyn Kelly. That’s not an insult to Megyn Kelly. I talked to a lot of other folks that know her. They say, ‘No. It’s the same.’ Because you’re dealing with…sociopath? A psychopath? I don’t know.”
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