NBC won’t pull ‘hoaxer’ piece

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR -

NBC News vowed Fri­day to go ahead Sun­day with Megyn Kelly’s re­port on con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones.

The net­work said it re­mains “com­mit­ted to giv­ing view­ers con­text and in­sight into a con­tro­ver­sial and po­lar­iz­ing fig­ure, how he re­lates to the pres­i­dent of the United States and in­flu­ences oth­ers, and to get­ting this se­ri­ous story right.”

NBC is be­ing buf­feted from both sides. Jones has said he be­lieves the re­port will be a “fraud” and said he would re­lease an unedited ver­sion of the in­ter­view. He’s re­leased only snip­pets of a sup­posed con­ver­sa­tion with Kelly, which could not be in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied.

Lawyers who rep­re­sent 12 peo­ple who lost loved ones in the 2012 school mas­sacre at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School, which Jones has la­beled a hoax, urged NBC News not to air the in­ter­view.

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