Kelly in­ter­view with Jones a rat­ings bust, de­spite boy­cott

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Ken Shep­herd

The rat­ings from Sun­day are in, and it seems the Amer­i­can TV-view­ing pub­lic would rather watch old blooper-filled home video mon­tages than an in­ter­view with a con­spir­acy the­o­rist.

On Fa­ther’s Day evening, ABC’s re­peat episode of “Amer­ica’s Fun­ni­est Home Videos” (AFHV) out­per­formed NBC’s “Sun­day Night with Megyn Kelly,” the sub­ject of a firestorm of con­tro­versy due to in­ter­view sub­ject Alex Jones, En­ter­tain­ment Weekly re­ported Mon­day. AFHV boasted an au­di­ence of 3.7 mil­lion viewers to Ms. Kelly’s 3.5 mil­lion.

Mr. Jones has pre­vi­ously in­sisted that the Sandy Hook school mas­sacre in New­town, Con­necti­cut, was a hoax, and par­ents of the vic­tims of the mass shoot­ing called on NBC to scut­tle the pro­gram. At least one NBC af­fil­i­ate, WVIT in New Bri­tain, Con­necti­cut, opted to not air the pro­gram.

While Mr. Jones apol­o­gized in May for ped­dling two other base­less con­spir­acy the­o­ries — one in­volv­ing a D.C. pizza par­lor, the other an Ida­hobased yo­gurt fac­tory — he has not apol­o­gized for call­ing the Sandy Hook shoot­ing a hoax and claims that his words have been mis­con­strued.

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