Make no mistake, Jones won here
the show: sunday night with megyn Kelly, june 18 (nBc) the moment: the sandy hook questions Alex Jones broadcasts to millions of listeners daily via his radio show and website, Infowars.com. Host Megyn Kelly asks him about his repeated assertions that the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
“I was going as devil’s advocate,” Jones says, ungrammatically.
Kelly (holding head in hands): “But Alex, the devastated parents, the dead bodies that the coroner autopsied.”
Jones: “They won’t release any of that, that’s unprecedented.”
Kelly: “Parents decided to come out and lie about their dead children?”
Jones: “I looked at all the angles of Newtown, and I made my statements long before the media picked up on it.”
She presses him more. Finally he says, “I tend to believe that children probably did die there.” Immediately followed by, “But I can see how other During the interview, people believe that nobody died there.”
Newtown parents asked Kelly not to air this segment. Advertisers pulled out. Kelly argued that it was her journalistic duty to “shine a light” on Jones, since he has the ear of Donald Trump. She also has a new show to promote, and a formidable competitor in his claim about the Sandy Hook shootings. in 60 Minutes.
She got her ratings. She didn’t go easy on him. And I agree, journalists have a duty to pursue the truth.
But make no mistake, Jones won here. You can’t debunk someone who’s rewarded for lying. You can’t expose someone as a hate-mongerer and a truth-perverter if those are the very things people listen to him for. You can’t shine a light on a black hole. Johanna Schneller is a media connoisseur who zeroes in on pop-culture moments. She appears Monday through Thursday.
conspiracy theorist alex jones never gave a direct answer when megyn Kelly pressed him to admit he was wrong