Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones who calls the very real Sandy Hook tragedy a Hoax. Unleash the Trolls.17
June 14, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
When Megyn Kelly abruptly left her prime-time and extremely well-paid perch at Fox News television there was a flurry of rumors and gossip as to why. She had clawed her way to the top, and with a $12 million salary was clearly one of the most powerful female tv hosts in the industry. Why, after all that, change venues?
Was it Bill O’Reilly’s leering and alleged advances? Was it the late Roger Ailes founder of Fox News and its former CEO alleged sexual harassment that finally drove Megyn into the arms of NBC?
It also turns out that there were about $22 million other reasons. And now that hefty investment by NBC which has already reportedly caused tension and rifts between Megyn and Kelly Ripa, Megyn and Katie Couric, Megyn and Tamron Hall, Megyn and well, just about everyone not named Megyn Kelly is in peril.
Let me try and explain how NBC’s shiny new pride and joy could fall off the tracks so fast.
For Megyn Kelly’s first “blockbuster” interview she chose a willing though at times irritable (“claims of collusion are ridiculous…you should take a pill to relax”) Valdimir Putin. Two take-aways from this interview-One, it lost in ratings to a re-run of 60 Minutes and two, her choice of a saucy off-the-shoulders dress that Putin seemed transfixed by got more buzz than any substance in the interview.
And now for her next “trick” folks the unsinkable Megyn Kelly has picked the great conspiracy theorist himself, Alex Jones, as her next “weighty and headline-making” prime-time interview.
Among many of Mr. Jones’ conspiracy theories (Hillary Clinton is an alien life-form, the government is using chemicals to turn its citizens gay, 9/11 was perpetrated by the government and we are already replacing our leaders with secret androids) perhaps none is so toxic, offensive and hurtful to its victims as his continuing claim that the entire Sandy Hook massacre which left 20 elementary school kids and 6 adults dead is a hoax.
He has stated on his very popular radio show that the entire “hoax” was staged with actors in an effort to “take away mine and your guns.”
As a native of Connecticut and having grown up not far from Newtown (CT) I can tell you that the unimaginable pain and continuing suffering and sense of loss is still felt so palpably, so raw from so many there that anytime the subject comes up it feels like the wound is laid bare. Again.
And so, Megyn Kelly who claims that “this is what real journalists do” and asserts she is “revolted” by Jones’ position on this horrible, real-life tragedy has decided to go ahead and give him a real-life national platform to share his conspiracy theories.
And the families, friends and survivors of that horrible massacre get to once again not only re-live the tragedy but in their own words are “bracing for an attack of trolls who believe this completely unhinged radio personality.”
Several leaders from Newtown and advocacy groups contacted NBC executives to, in their words “beg” them not to elevate this radio host and give his conspiracy theories credibility were told that “it’s not NBC that elevates Mr. Jones” that he is “elevated by his loyal listeners.”
In other words, ratings, however and wherever they can be had, trump sensitivity and compassion.
Hey, it’s television, what should we expect?
As for Mr. Jones, it’s hard to really pin-point with any precision what he really does and does not believe. Recently, in a pitched court battle over custody of their children, he and his estranged wife who are going through a bitter divorce presented contradictory versions of the “real” Alex Jones.
She claims he is completely unhinged and unfit to be a father.
He claims what he does is “performance art” and he adopts a “persona” for his listeners.
Whether his assertion that the very real and horrible shooting of children at Sandy Hook elementary school is a hoax is truly his genuine thinking or not, one thing is certain-This interview will again cause immeasurable pain and suffering for those that wake up each day and try their best simply to go on in spite of their loss.
But hey, if it helps Megyn Kelly solidify her brand new $22 million place in the NBC food-chain it must be worth it.
Alex Jones is that most dangerous of “performers.” He does enough homework and is lucid enough on a number of topics so that his more extreme positions are taken seriously or “tolerated” by many who embrace the overall “art.” Megyn Kelly who adamantly claims she is a “dying breed of serious interviewers” is proving to be nearly as dangerous.
It’s hard at this point to see either one of them though as real, ethical journalists.
If NBC has any class at all they will either decide to shelf the interview out of respect or at the very least write a big, fat check to charitable and advocacy groups in Newtown to help its survivors cope.
It’s clear they know how to do the latter. At least this time their money may actually help a few viewers.