Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

"Airing Ms. Kelly's interview implicitly endorses the notion that Mr. Jones" lies are actually "claims' that are worthy of serious debate, and in doing so it exponentially enhances the suffering and distress of our clients", lawyers Josh Koskoff and Katie Mesner-Hage wrote the network, via A.P.

She has defended her decision by noting that his influence has grown with the rise of President Donald Trump, who has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.

Sunday Night, and all Sunday originals, was again overwhelmed by sports this week.

In a TVLine poll, more than 60 percent said NBC should not have aired Kelly's interview with the conspiracy-minded Sandy Hook denier. But then you look at all the other evidence on the other side. Conspiracy theorist Jones hemmed and hawed Sunday, June 18, when pressed repeatedly by Megyn Kelly to admit he was wrong to call the massacre at Newton, Conn., a hoax.

"I'd also like to reach out to any of the parents who lost a child at Newtown, to invite them to contact me to open a dialogue. I don't have that".

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Kelly battled criticism over the interview before it aired because Jones traffics in the kind of conspiracies that have degraded public discourse to the point where people believe any nonsense they read on the internet. The Sunday night broadcast got beat in the ratings among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic by a rerun of "America's Funniest Home Videos", which apparently is still on TV.

"Parents should never have to bury their own children", Jones said. Forbes reported JPMorgan, along with several local advertisers, dropped spots from the show or, in the case of the financial company, the enirety of NBC News, until after the interview aired. The families told NBC that the interview was likely to cause devastating human consequences. Meanwhile, Jones demanded the segment be killed, insisting NBC News' promo for the interview had been edited to distort his views and threatening to release his secret recording of the full interview - which has yet to surface.

Why do we say that?

Jones, founder of the website Infowars, has questioned what he calls the "official story" of Sandy Hook and suggested a political cover-up took place.

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