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New York - Kelly Presses 'Infowars' Host Jones On Sandy Hook Denial

Published on: June 18, 2017 10:00 PM
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New York - Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hemmed and hawed when pressed repeatedly by Megyn Kelly to admit he was wrong to call the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut, a hoax.

Jones never gave a direct answer in a segment on NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who has also called the Sept. 11 attacks an inside job and promoted the false story that a pizza place in Washington, D.C. was the site of a child sex ring.

She has defended her decision by noting that his influence has grown with the rise of President Donald Trump, who has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.

“Here’s the thing, Alex Jones isn’t going away,” she said Sunday night.

The “Infowars” host said at one point that he was playing “devil’s advocate” in denying the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. But he added that he remained skeptical after he “watched the footage” of children leaving the building.

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“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. I’ve watched the footage,” he said. “That looks like a drill.”

The segment with Jones combined Kelly’s interview with background on his history of false remarks, his relationship with Trump and comments from Newtown parent Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the shooting. When Kelly asked him whether he had anything to say to Jones for Father’s Day, he responded, “I think he’s blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to. I don’t have that.”

Last week, Jones leaked an audio recording of what he said was a phone conversation with Kelly, heard promising she would not portray him as “some kind of boogeyman.” Shortly before Sunday’s night interview, Jones released a Father’s Day video in which he offered condolences to families who had lost children in the “horrible tragedy” of Newtown, but did not refer to his previous comments disputing the killings.

“Parents should never have to bury their own children,” Jones said.

Connecticut’s NBC affiliate said Friday it wouldn’t air the report. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering “the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal.”

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told the AP that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

The interview also was seen as a test of the interviewing skills of Kelly, the former Fox News star whose questions two weeks ago for Vladimir Putin were widely panned for being too easy on the Russian leader. An unaired segment obtained by Huffington Post showed Kelly telling him that “virtually every person we have met on the street says what they respect about you is they feel that you have returned dignity to Russia.”

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. The two frequently interrupted each other as Kelly kept asking if he would admit to his wrongdoing and a visibly tense Jones kept deflecting her questions, blaming the media for distorting his remarks or veering between acknowledging and disputing the tragedy.

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

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

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.

“I think my influence on Trump is way, way lower than what MSM (mainstream media) has said,” he commented, saying he and the president were “friendly,” but not friends.

After spending more than a decade at Fox, Kelly signed a multimillion dollar contract with NBC earlier this year. Her star power had grown after she challenged Trump during a 2015 Republican debate on his history of sexist remarks and the candidate responded with a series of angry tweets and other comments, sometimes crude and personal, and boycotted a later debate because she was one of the moderators.

She then was a key figure in the downfall of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, telling in-house investigators of inappropriate conduct by Ailes that supported Gretchen Carlson and other women who had made similar accusations. Kelly wrote of her battles with Trump and Ailes in her best-selling memoir from 2016, “Settle for More.”

Kelly’s old employer needled her over the weekend, sending a tweet headlined “Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones: NBC News under fire for ‘botched’ rollout.”



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 Jun 18, 2017 at 10:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Thanks, VIN, for the summary. I don't watch TV, so it's good to find out here what's going on.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 07:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Alex Jones is a nazi, who believes that the attack on the Word Trade Centers "was an inside job".

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 08:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Who watches this? Two idiots talking to one another...

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 11:22 AM georgeg Says:

I haven't seem a video where Alex Jones himself explains what he has to say about the WTC, but I saw his video on the shooting. To paraphrase in simple terms, the shooting was real but the event was (is) milked by leftists.

The questions raised do not mean the shooting did not take place. The questions mean the shooting was milked, and possibly something is being covered up.

We already know from actual video any number of events have been staged-directed by the media, such as the recent Muslim protests against Muslim terrorists. Quite possibly some of the footage of the children were stage-directed for media affect. That has nothing to do wit the shooting not being for real. It does have to do with the media reported it.

Hiding information that is not politically correct from the public is well known. The 1994 Brooklyn Bridge shooting, the officials did not deny a Muslim murdered a teenage Jew. The officials denied (at the time and for as long as they could) that it was terrorism, calling it something like road rage. Simialrly the officals never denied that a Muslim assassinated R. Meir Kahana, but did deny (at the time and for as long as they could) the terrorist aspect.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 11:48 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I do not really understand why people are upset about this interview. It is important for people to see what sort of man he is.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 12:07 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Alex Jones is a nazi, who believes that the attack on the Word Trade Centers "was an inside job".

What does believing wacky theories have to do with nazism?

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 02:37 PM hashomer Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

What does believing wacky theories have to do with nazism?

Uneducated ArchyBunker- the guy is a longtime Holocaust denier, Israel hater and antasemit, blamed 'Jews for 9-11 and like your new Fuhrer he promoted the sick Birther consiracy theory vs President Obama.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 03:09 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
hashomer Says:

Uneducated ArchyBunker- the guy is a longtime Holocaust denier, Israel hater and antasemit, blamed 'Jews for 9-11 and like your new Fuhrer he promoted the sick Birther consiracy theory vs President Obama.

So is Trump an anti semite too? Just curious

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 07:10 PM hashomer Says:

Probably. The Orange Yutz gets his fake news from Herr Jones' infowars and breitbart, same as you.

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 Jun 19, 2017 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

To GeorgeG- Jones did initially deny the massacre of the schoolchildren (and the teachers), at the Sandy Hook elementary school. However, when he could no longer substantiate his absurd claim, he changed his tune. However, he still believes that the attack on the World Trade Towers was "an inside job". I don't care if you haven't seen any videos of him, speaking about that, as the record speaks for itself. He belongs to the same wacko conspiracy crowd, who to this day, deny that twelve Americans walked on the moon. If they deny such historical events, then denying the Holocaust comes naturally to them.

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