Megyn Kelly de­fends in­ter­view with Alex Jones, de­spite boy­cotts

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

NBC News host Megyn Kelly sought to quell a firestorm Tues­day about her up­com­ing Alex Jones in­ter­view by say­ing she will “shine a light” on his ties to Pres­i­dent Trump.

So­cial me­dia back­lash and ad­ver­tis­ers skit­tish over Ms. Kelly’s sit-down with the Info Wars host prompted her to is­sue a state­ment of in­tent Tues­day on Twit­ter to put her sched­uled June 18 broad­cast into proper con­text.

The in­ter­view seeks to link the pres­i­dent with Mr. Jones and his past com­ments on the Sept. 11 at­tacks and the 2012 Sandy Hook mas­sacre, she said.

“How does Jones, who traf­fics in these out­ra­geous con­spir­acy the­o­ries, have the re­spect of the pres­i­dent of the

United States and a grow­ing au­di­ence of mil­lions?” she said the state­ment. “Our goal 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.”

The state­ment came in the wake of The Wall Street Jour­nal’s re­port that J.P. Mor­gan Chase pulled its ad­ver­tise­ments from her show.

Mr. Jones did not shy away from the up­roar on his YouTube chan­nel, telling fans Mon­day night that he knew all along what NBC planned to do.

“This is their big gam­ble,” he said. “This is their big ‘take Alex Jones down.’ This is pa­thetic. The only way I could fail was not do­ing it and let­ting them rig it.”

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