Megyn Kelly’s NBC interview with conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones hasn’t even aired yet — it’s scheduled for June 18 — but the TV event is already causing an uproar.
In a brief promo for the interview, NBC News correspondent Kelly is seen asking Jones about various conspiracy theories he’s peddled in the past, including Jones’ baseless belief that 9/11 was an “inside job” and that scientists created “animal-human hybrids” 30 years ago.
“Sandy Hook?” Kelly asks, referencing the 2014 school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Sandy Hook is complex because I’ve had debates with devil’s advocates that the whole story is true, then I’ve had debates when I’ve said that none of it is true,” Jones responds.
“When you say parents faked their children’s death, people get very angry,” Kelly says.
“Oh, I know, they don’t get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from the sanctions,” Jones says.
So far, the response to the interview has been overwhelmingly negative, with Sandy Hook parents appealing to NBC, some people furious the network is giving Jones a national platform, and some calling for NBC to pull the segment or for viewers to boycott the broadcast.
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VICE News Tonight also interviewed Jones in a piece that tracked his rise from fringe conspiracy theorist to one of President Trump’s most powerful media surrogates. VICE News also published a four–part series on Jones’ antics and performance quirks.