Megyn Kelly, NBC Under Fire Over 'Sickening' Alex Jones Interview

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NBC News and Megyn Kelly are under fire for giving airtime to far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 
In the past, Jones has claimed that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.” He also said the parents of the 20 students murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were actors and the deaths of the children as well as six school employees were all faked.
Kelly was criticized on social media for what some saw as an attempt to normalize Jones and his outlandish and untrue claims. She defended herself by saying President Donald Trump had praised Jones and appeared on his show. She also noted that Jones’ InfoWars was given credibility when the site received White House press credentials. 
“Many don’t know him; our job is 2 shine a light,” she wrote. 
But that didn’t slow the outrage. Some viewers even called for a boycott of the network over the upcoming interview. Here’s a sampling:

My nephew survived Sandy Hook. I am not tolerating this. Will never watch @megynkelly or @NBCNews again if they choose to air this.— John Glueck (@john_glueck) June 12, 2017

Here you go @megynkelly - her name is Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Say her name- stare at this & tell me it's worth it. @nbc #SandyHook— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017

20 children dead at Sandy Hook and @megynkelly is giving voice to the man who suggested it was a hoax. This is beyond shameful, @NBCNews.— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 12, 2017

[email protected] is Allison Wyatt on the day she turned 6. She never had another birthday party. #SandyHook— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 12, 2017

Boycott @NBC & @megynkelly for the @RealAlexJones interview. Jones is an incendiary conspiracy theorist who makes up news to fit his agenda— D. Fitz Allgood (@FitzAllgoodlife) June 12, 2017

Say their names, Megyn.— Laura in the Bardo (@lauratron1000) June 12, 2017

Sandy Hook & Aurora families have gone through enough without giving him a platform to spew his filth. This is sickening. #ShameOnNBC— Emily Yates (@emryates) June 12, 2017

Since Alex Jones is a self admitted "Performance Artist" what possible motivation is there to allow him to perform for you #ShameonNBC— Anappleaday (@N_appleaday) June 12, 2017

Megyn, you're a mom. Think of the pain you're elevating by giving that performance artist airtime. Choose empathy over ratings. #ShameOnNBC— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) June 12, 2017

Alex Jones doesn't deserve one second of air time. What a horrible lack of respect to the families of Sandy Hook. @NBCNews— M. Ejample (@bnelvr) June 12, 2017

Megyn Kelly did this to gain ratings for a new show at the expense of grieving families. #ShameOnNBC, Jones and Kelly.— Tina-TheResistance (@trcfwtt) June 12, 2017

Sickening that Alex Jones is going to get a primetime spot on national TV next week to spew the nonsense that has hindered the lives of ppl— Dakota Schmidt (@Dakota_Schmidt) June 12, 2017

There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar), particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no parent, no person watches this— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 12, 2017

On FATHER'S DAY Megyn Kelly is interviewing Alex Jones - a man who harasses the parents of bombing and shooting tragedies. #shameonNBC— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 12, 2017

I'll give you 26 reasons not to air this interview #shameonNBC— Heather Whaley (@HeatherWhaley) June 12, 2017

Let NBC know that giving Alex Jones a forum on network TV dishonors the loss of the Newtown families. #ShameOnNBC— Intellitexan (@IntelliTexan) June 12, 2017

Giving racist bigot this huge platform is nauseating. The educational figleaf can't disguise the ratings greed. Shame on @megynkelly & NBC— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 12, 2017

Alex Jones is a lunatic who should be ignored until he goes away, not given a wider platform and validated by @megynkelly #ShameOnNBC— Rokey (@rokeypdx) June 12, 2017

Week 1 NBC's Megyn Kelly normalizes Vladimir Putin.Week 2 she normalizes Alex Jones.Can't wait for the Week 3 normalization of David Duke!— Sean Corcoran (@seacorc) June 12, 2017

For sure, after what he's done Alex Jones should be shunned not given a wider platform...imagine being those poor parents. Sickening.— Seano (@SeanBradbery) June 12, 2017

If you're going to interview Alex Jones, to keep things fair you also have to interview someone who wasn't successfully sued by yogurt.— Kashana (@kashanacauley) June 12, 2017

@brianstelter #ShameOnNBC Stop the Alex Jones interview. Sickening!!— Leslie (@lgeorge1025) June 12, 2017

Any story about Alex Jones should give equal time to victims and address his body count, including the people in prison bc they believed him— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) June 12, 2017

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