‘Shine a light’ on Jones? Re­ally?

Megyn Kelly’s NBC in­ter­view with Alex Jones was more rat­ings ploy than news story.

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Megyn Kelly gave fake news ra­dio host and farright con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones — a man who made a name for him­self claim­ing that the 2012 mas­sacre of 20 chil­dren at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn., was a hoax, that Hil­lary Clin­ton ran a child sex-traf­fick­ing ring out of a pizza par­lor and that the U.S. gov­ern­ment was in on the 9/11 at­tacks, among other claims — nearly 20 min­utes of air time. Prime time. Sun­day night. On NBC.

That’s 10 more min­utes (an eter­nity in TV-news seg­ment time) than Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin got dur­ing the de­but of her NBC show, “Sun­day Night With Megyn Kelly,” this month.

Even be­fore it aired, the in­ter­view with Jones caused an up­roar among view­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers and par­ents of the slain chil­dren, who de­manded that Kelly cut Jones from her hour-long show.

The con­cern was that it would le­git­imize the dan­ger­ous fig­ure whose fab­ri­cated sto­ries had in­spired Sandy Hook de­niers to ha­rass and threaten the chil­dren’s par­ents and a gun­man to show up at the afore­men­tioned pizza par­lor.

Kelly re­sponded to the crit­i­cisms, say­ing she felt it was im­por­tant to “shine a light” on Jones. But come Sun­day, that light was a dim bulb at best.

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