Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

The decision to interview Jones was met with criticism from those arguing a mainstream outlet like NBC should not give a platform to a risky conspiracy theorist - but Kelly's tough questioning of Jones and some selective editing drew plaudits from skeptics who assumed Kelly would grant the Infowars host a puff piece.

Sunday Night, and all Sunday originals, was again overwhelmed by sports this week. "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" had 6.2 million viewers for Kelly's interview of Vladimir Putin on the show's June 4 debut.

Lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 shooting pleaded on the victims' behalf with NBC not to air the interview with Jones.

At least one affiliate-WVIT in Connecticut-refused to air the episode at all. Not only is Jones a deeply divisive figure, but Kelly - a former Fox News anchor - is still toting around baggage from her last job, with many progressives eager to dredge up moments like her assurance to kids that Santa Claus is white.

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan gave the segment a mixed review as well, saying that it avoided any major pratfalls but still elevated Jones' profile.

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Why do we say that? As expected, it found Kelly confronting Jones on things like his complete lack of vetting on information he publishes, as well as some of his more contentious theories-such as that the murdered children at Sandy Hook were really just inventions of the government. "The package's heat was sparked only by Kelly's skeptical challenges - largely sidestepped by a stammering, sweaty Jones - and cutaways to Kelly's disapproving facial expressions".

"I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil's advocate", he said.

Jones also downplayed his connection to Trump, who has spoken warmly of him and at times seemed to use conspiracies aired on Infowars in his campaign speeches.

The Kelly interview was a "heavily edited overview of who Jones is", according to New York Magazine. Kelly could heard on the tape assuring Jones the NBC segment was not going to be a "hit piece".

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