Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Newtown-area NBC station won't air Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones

A staff memo obtained by BuzzFeed News said that while NBC stations around the country may air the interview, it will instead air local coverage, including a special report featuring Sandy Hook parents, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and advocates on issues including mental health and gun violence.

Connecticut's NBC station won't be airing this coming week's episode of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" due to the scheduled interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

"The way Jones sees it, shadowy groups within the US government orchestrated - or at least refrained from preventing - the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon massacre, the bombing of Oklahoma City's Murrah federal building, and the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT", the Southern Poverty Law Center explained.

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. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal". 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.

Kelly has called Jones' claims "personally revolting", but she said she believes there's a value in exposing what he says to the American people.

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News said it has vowed to go ahead with Megyn Kelly's report on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Sunday despite his "efforts to distract and ultimately prevent" its airing. "President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many", Kelly wrote.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. On Thursday night, Jones leaked audio he recorded during the interview.

Additionally, anchor Kevin Nathan is in Washington, DC tonight to cover the Sandy Hook Promise Champions gala. Critics argue that NBC's platform legitimizes the views of a man who, among other conspiracy theories, has suggested that the killing of 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 was a hoax.

WVIT says it will include a report on the Kelly-Jones interview in its Sunday night 11 p.m. broadcast.

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