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Megyn Kelly responds to backlash over Alex Jones interview

18 Juin 2017

"They don't get angry about the half a million dead Iraqis from the sanctions", Jones responds in an answer Kelly immediately calls out as "a dodge". While the company has not publicly announced its decision, Kristin Lemkau, J.P. Morgan's chief marketing officer, made her opinion clear on Kelly's interview. She also said that the foundation hopes that Megyn Kelly and NBC would have better sense and decide against broadcasting the interview.

Mr. Jones has for years been linked to peddling patently false theories devoted to subjects ranging from the Sandy Hook massacre to the September 11 terrorist attacks - two topics brought up by Ms. Kelly during the interview set to air this weekend, according to a clip she shared Monday. The firm JPMorgan Chase has asked that its advertisement not run on the broadcast.

"President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many", Kelly wrote. Elsewhere on Twitter, however, there was an uproar over Megyn Kelly's interview with the peddler of weird conspiracy theories, from Pizzagate to the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

Families of those killed in the Sandy Hook shooting condemned the interview, saying it gives a platform to a conspiracy theorist who encourages others to "harass" families reeling from the tragedy. The interview will air on NBC's Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly on Sunday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Jones has said he believes that the shooting was a government hoax that used child actors.

"I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I'm of course disappointed that I won't be there to support them on Wednesday night", began Kelly in a statement.

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Jones has since softened his stance on Sandy Hook somewhat, most recently conceding that "I don't know what happened".

Jones himself has demanded that Kelly shelve the interview, claiming she misrepresented his views.

Some Twitter reactions to Kelly being "fired" by SHP have been posted below, along with others who want her to be canned by NBC. An anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has dumped Kelly as host of an event in Washington this week because of her planned interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Among Kelly's social media critics was Shannon Watts, the founder of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, who suggested that Kelly "turn your light off and let him back under the refrigerator".

Megyn Kelly responds to backlash over Alex Jones interview