Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

After all the outrage and chest-thumping, about 3.5 million viewers watched Megyn Kelly poke holes in Infowars poobah Jones' conspiracy-theory schtick on Sunday primetime according to early stats - which would be her smallest crowd to day on her new NBC newsmag.

With all the added attention, though, the broadcast of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" still couldn't beat an old episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the 18-49 demographic.

Jones has called the school shooting a hoax. But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill".

"Kelly's segment throughout the week and have gambled millions of dollars on her success". Meanwhile, Jones demanded the segment be killed, insisting NBC News' promo for the interview had been edited to distort his views and threatening to release his secret recording of the full interview - which has yet to surface.

"Some of it looks like it's real but then what do you do when they've got the kids going in circles in and out of the building with their hands up".

Audio of the interview leaked prior to the telecast when Jones posted it online in an effort to discredit Kelly's line of questioning.

Now, Jones said, "I tend to believe that children probably did die there".

Merely sitting down with Jones did not go over well with Sandy Hook families and a few advertisers.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. And that had been a steep slide from the 6.1 million who tuned in for her NBC premiere, when she had interviewed Russian ruler Vladimir Putin.

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.

Kelly has stood by her decision to allow Jones to share his story. While it might sound like odd advice regarding an anchor who has spent the past year in the spotlight, NBC's best hope would be to finish "Sunday Night's" summer run without any more major waves, and hope for a fresh start when her morning program makes its debut in the fall.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The publicity and uproar in the days before Sunday's broadcast of Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones didn't translate into ratings.

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