MEDIA BUZZ NBC feels heat for Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones chat

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Summary: ” At the exact same exact time, journalists have constantly interviewed criminals, and outcasts—from Saddam Hussein to Bashar al-Assad, from Charles Manson to O.J. To them, a man who denies the biggest tragedy of their lives, who essentially calls them liars, Why ought to be given a platform by a major network. Our ultimate objective in sitting down with him was to shine a light – as journalists are supposed to do – on this influential figure and yes – to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity.” Kelly added that she was “disappointed” to be dropped from the gala, but that “I understand and look up to the decision of the event organizers.” Dan Abrams, ABC’s chief legal analyst, defended the Kelly interview today on “Good Morning America,” saying “I’ve interviewed murderers prior to accordingly has every major network. Kelly responded: “When you say parents faked their children’s death, people get very angry.” “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 interrupted to call that “a dodge.” Jones said he’d “looked at all of the angles of Newtown and I made my statements long prior to the media even picked up on it.” In a strange rant last week following the interview, which was done at his Austin studio, Jones said Kelly is “not feminine” but is “cold, robotic, dead.” He currently writes that NBC ought to call off out the segment because it’s a “rigged” report that misrepresents his views. It left me and numerous other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview:  how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the look up to of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions? Kelly, the foregoing Fox News prime-time host who joined NBC this year, responded in a statement provided by the network: “I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as I personally revolting as every other rational person does. She told the Washington Post that “to give Alex Jones a platform on Father’s Day is especially cruel to me.” The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit group opposed to gun violence, has dropped Kelly as host of an annual gala being held tomorrow in Washington. Jones, whose site is called Infowars, has embraced a number of conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence, such as calling the 9/11 attacks an “inside job.” But none at all has proved as hurtful as his contention that the murder of 20 students, and six adults at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook elementary school was a hoax. Why?”  Chelsea Clinton, a foregoing part-time correspondent, for NBC, added her voice on Twitter: “I hope no parent, no person watches this.” The pain of the Sandy Hook families is both understandable, and heartbreaking. The family of Vicki Soto, a teacher killed in the attack, told Kelly in a Facebook posting that it was “greatly disappointed” in her decision to interview Jones: “Alex, and his followers have done nothing, but make our lives a living hell, for the last 4-1/2 years.” One of those grieving parents, Nelba Marquez-Greene, called the interview an “egregious offense” to the relatives of those killed in the 2012 massacre.”

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