Kelly says important to 'shine a light' on Alex Jones
- Author: Kyle Peterson Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 8:28
Jones also made a controversial claim that the September 11 terrorist attack was an inside job.
Kelly even laughed with Jones when he said she doesn't cover "any of the important stuff" like animal-human hybrids. The show earned a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and a 1.2 rating among those aged 25-54. Seaman, chairman of the group's ethics committee, wrote in a blog post that journalism that focuses on controversial topics and figures is not inherently unethical.
In a live stream on Monday afternoon, Jones said that Kelly lied to him, and promised that the interview would not be about Sandy Hook or other conspiracies. "9/11 was an inside job", he says in the promo video.
A #ShameonNBC hashtag began trending on Twitter with an outcry of concern about giving a platform to Jones, who in the past has supported conspiracy theories about the government blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and the 9/11 terror attacks.
"You do not "shine a light" on someone with such risky ideals and ideas", Márquez-Greene replied.
Marquez-Greene told CBS News she anxious that the interview will encourage other conspiracy theorists, some of whom, she says, have harassed her and accused her of being part of a giant hoax. "Shame on you @megynkelly". "When there is going to be such a widely available interview with attention given to one of the hoaxer ringleaders, it is going to unleash the trolls on us tenfold all over again".
Abbey Clements, a teacher who survived the shooting by hiding with her second-grade students in a closet, tweeted her disgust for Kelly and NBC. When one follower complained that she was giving Jones a platform, Kelly replied, "POTUS's been on & praises @RealAlexJones' show".
"Any time you give someone like Alex Jones a platform, their followers will double-down or increase their attack on grieving families", Marquez-Green said, adding she anxious the interview with Jones would galvanize conspiracy theorists who had harassed her family. Since many people don't know Jones and his views, Kelly noted the importance of explaining them.
Kelly reportedly wanted Bill Geddie, Barbara Walters' longtime producer, to run her morning show. But it remains to be seen if this approach will actually boost ratings.
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