dglobalnews.com Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers
Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Nothing could have been gained by either Megyn Kelly or NBC News by holding back on expressions of skepticism or out-and-out incredulity in the face of this interview subject's contorted excuse-making for the far-out assertions he has made about various subjects, most notably the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

In fact, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" spent very little time actually letting Jones speak.

Earlier Sunday afternoon, Jones released a video expressing Father's Day condolences to Newtown parents who lost their children in the shooting, seeming to indicate that he at least believed in their grief (if not "mainstream media" accounts of the shooting that caused it), but more likely just trying to steal some attention away from the "Sunday Night" piece. But he added that he remained skeptical after he "watched the footage" of children leaving the building.

Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter was killed in the shooting and has been openly critical of Kelly leading up to the interview, spent the evening at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.

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

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In an internal memo that was obtained and published by the Hartford Courant, NBC Connecticut WVIT's President and General Manager Susan Tully said the decision to boycott the presentation was based on conversations with the families of the shooting victims. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told The Associated Press that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

Answered Kelly: "Of course, there is no evidence on the other side".

Kelly has struggled with ratings since she launched the show on June 4, averaging 4.9 million viewers in her first two episodes. While it might sound like unusual 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. Kelly wrote of her battles with Trump and Ailes in her best-selling memoir from 2016, "Settle for More".

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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