Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

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Source:   —  June 18, 2017, at 8:25 PM

Jones never gave a direct reply in a section Sun night on NBC'south "Sun Night with Megyn Kelly.' Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who's also called the Sept.

Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hemmed and hawed when pressed repeatedly by Megyn Kelly to admit he was incorrect to call the massacre at Newtown, CT a hoax.

Jones never gave a direct reply in a section Sun night on NBC'south "Sun Night with Megyn Kelly.' Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who's also called the Sept. eleven attacks an interior job. She's defended her decision by noting that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.

The "Infowars" host said at one point that he was playing "devil'south advocate" in denying the two thousand twelve mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. But he continued to express doubts, saying that he'd "watched the footage" of children leaving the building that it "looks love a drill."

"Some of it looks love it'south genuine but then what do you do when they've got the kids going circles in and out of the building with their hands up. I've watched the footage," he said. "That looks love a drill."

The section with Jones combined Kelly'south interview with background on his history of misleading remarks, his relationship with Trump and comments from Newtown parent Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the shooting. When Kelly asked him whether he'd anything to declare to Jones for Father'south Day, he responded, "I think he'south blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to. I don't have that."

Latest week, Jones leaked an audio recording of what he said was a phone conversation with Kelly, heard promising she'd not portray him as "some kind of boogeyman." Shortly before Sunday'south night interview, Jones released a Father'south Day video in which he offered condolences to families who'd lost children in the "horrible tragedy" of Newtown, but didn't refer to his previous comments disputing the killings.

"Parents should never have to bury their own children," Jones said.

Connecticut'south NBC affiliate said Friday it wouldn't air the report. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC CT staff members were told Sta executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal."

Lawyers who represent twelve people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News executive not to air the interview. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told the AP that the Jones legend would be edited with its critics in mind.

The interview also was seen as a test of the interviewing skills of Kelly, the former Fox News star whose questions two weeks ago for Vladimir Putin were widely panned for being too simple on the Russian leader. An unaired section obtained by Huffington Post showed Kelly telling him that "virtually every person we've met on the Str says what they respect about you is they perceive that you've returned dignity to Russia."

Kelly challenged Jones from the start, introducing him as a "radical conspiracy theorist" and promising to confront him on his "notorious lie" about Sandy Hook. The two frequently interrupted each other as Kelly kept asking if he'd admit to his wrongdoing and a visibly tense Jones kept deflecting her questions, blaming the media for distorting his remarks or veering between acknowledging and disputing the tragedy.

"I'll sit here and see at every position and play devil'south advocate," he said.

Jones also downplayed his connection to Trump, who at times seemed to utilize conspiracies aired on Infowars in his campaign speeches.

"I think my influence on Trump is way, way lower than what MSM (mainstream media) has said," he commented, saying he and the president were "friendly," but not friends.

NBC signed Kelly to a multimillion dollar contract earlier this year. Her star power had grown after she challenged Trump during a two thousand fifteen Republican debate on his history of sexist remarks and the candidate responded with a series of mad tweets and other comments, sometimes crude and personal, and boycotted a later debate because she was one of the moderators.

She then was a key figure in the downfall of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, telling in-house investigators of inappropriate conduct by Ailes that supported Gretchen Carlson and other women who'd made similar accusations. Kelly wrote of her battles with Trump and Ailes in her best-selling memoir from two thousand sixteen, "Settle for More."

Kelly'south elderly employer needled her over the weekend, sending a tweet headlined "Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones: NBC News below fire for 'botched' rollout."

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