Megyn Kelly’s much-talked-about interview with Alex Jones aired on her “Sunday Night” on June 18 despite harsh criticism over the decision to present his views on a TV network. But as hinted by Kelly and Jones’ previous statements, the NBC News host didn’t take Jones’ side and often pressed him during the sit-down.
Kelly opened the third episode of her newsmagazine series by promising to confront Jones about his theory that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was staged to promote tougher gun control laws. She asked Jones if his statements were an attempt to play devil’s advocate. “Yes,” he answered, adding that the footage of children evacuating the school on that day “looks like a drill.”
There were several heated exchanges and Jones was sweating profusely during the interview. When Kelly reminded him how his statements angered people, Jones cut her off. “Oh, I know, but they don’t get angry about the half-million dead Iraqis from the [economic] sanctions [under Saddam Hussein],” he said. Kelly interjected, “That’s a dodge.”
Jones explained his theory, “I tend to believe that children probably did die there. But then, you look at all the other evidence on the other side, I can see how other people believe that nobody died there.” Kelly said in voiceover, “Of course, there is no evidence ‘on the other side.’ ”
Kelly interviewed Neil Heslin whose son was killed at Sandy Hook. He said, “You know, it’s disrespectful to me where in fact I did lose my son. And the 26 other families lost somebody. And I take that very personal.” He also delivered a message to Jones on Father’s Day, “I think he’s blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to. I don’t have that.”
Jones reacted angrily to the interview. As the piece aired on Sunday night, he slammed Kelly and the mainstraim media via a live-streamed video on his YouTube channel. “This is a giant, evil misrepresentation,” he said. “They continue to misrepresent what I’ve said and what I’ve done.”