Kelly says important to 'shine a light' on Alex Jones
13 June, 2017, 08:26 | Author: Courtney Perry
Although his national profile has risen over the past year, Jones still holds to some out-there claims, such as that the September 11 terrorist attack was an inside job and that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was faked. "All I know is the official story of Sandy Hook has more holes in it than Swiss cheese".
The backlash to Kelly's decision was swift and ferocious.
Cristina Hassinger - whose mother, Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung - was one of six adults killed in the massacre, deplored the decision to give Jones network airtime.
"I never imagined losing a child to gun violence and being involved in something like this", she wrote at Kelly in another tweet. "I encourage you to "shine light" on affirming the losses suffered here - NOT on a person who mocks those losses".
In a preview of that interview, Kelly seems to press Jones on his claims regarding Sandy Hook. "Every family picture has been stolen, dissected, and analyzed with complete falsehoods", it read. On Facebook, Soto's family said the "incessant need for ratings at the cost of the emotional well-being of our family is disgusting and disappointing". "You should be ashamed of yourselves". "On the other hand, people's concerns may be justified if Kelly's interview proceeds as a simple back and forth conversation".
Meanwhile, Twitter uses are demanding NBC pull the interview, which is set to air on Sunday, and circulated the hashtag #ShameOnNBC. Others pointed out the interview would be airing on what will be a particularly painful holiday for parents. That last one, in particular, has inspired criticism of Kelly's choice to feature Jones, especially on an episode airing Father's Day. "I hope no parent, no person watches this", Clinton tweeted. "POTUS's been on and praises [Alex Jones's] show".
"Any time you give someone like Alex Jones a platform, their followers will double-down or increase their attack on grieving families", she told the Associated Press Monday.
Addressing Kelly, Marquez-Greene said that promoting Jones through her show reopened old wounds for Sandy Hook parents who lost their children more than four years ago. Unsurprisingly, this did little to quell the outrage.
Now Kelly is sitting down with an even more controversial figure in Week 2.
- andy lassner (@andylassner) June 12, 2017 So NBC hired Megyn Kelly to put the national spotlight on Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones?Megyn Kelly isn't doing society or America any favors by lending legitimacy to him via defending his opinion with her "actualizing".
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