Watch Megyn Kelly Grill Alex Jones Over Dangerous Conspiracy Theories

Emmett Rice
June 20, 2017

Connecticut's NBC affiliate, WVIT, broke with the network last night by refusing to run Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a staged event created to promote tougher gun control laws.

Jones's website responded to Kelly's interview by calling it a "dishonest hit piece", an opinion he offered days before the report aired when he "leaked" an audio recording of a pre-interview discussion.

All of that free publicity couldn't push Megyn Kelly over the top.

The three shows that aired on ABC after Kelly's - "Celebrity Family Feud", "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" and "The $100,000 Pyramid" - earned at least 1.4 million more viewers than Kelly's did.

"Sunday Night" has seen a steady decline in its viewership since Kelly's debut episode, which was set around an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Kelly's interview with Jones underwent changes as the call to cancel grew louder.

An encore telecast of "American Ninja Warrior" averaged a 0.6/3 in 18-49 and 2.5 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET. NBC News went aggressively on the defense, trotting out elder statesman Tom Brokaw to read an essay about the need to interview characters like Jones, due to the reach of their "poisonous claims".

Kelly challenged Jones from the start, introducing him as a "radical conspiracy theorist" and promising to confront him on his "notorious lie" about Sandy Hook. Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan, and Barden's 7-year-old son Daniel were among those killed in the mass shooting. She claims she was moving forward with the interview to highlight Jones' falsehoods in the way "journalists are supposed to do". The station was the only NBC affiliate that would not give airtime to the program, which devoted a 15-minute segment of its one-hour running time to Jones.

Relatives of the shooting victims have called Jones' comments hurtful and said he has encourage people to harass them.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview.

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