Megyn Kelly booted from Sandy Hook hosting gig over Alex Jones interview

After the preview of the interview became available, Sandy Hook Promise, a group that works to prevent gun violence, said in a news release that it has made a decision to disinvite Kelly as host of the upcoming Promise Champions Gala.”This decision was spurred by NBC’s planned broadcast of Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown … was a hoax”.Jones, whom The Washington Post has described as a “conspiracy-spewing” radio host, has long dismissed a gunman’s shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.Megyn Kelly’s coming interview with web-video conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is causing the anchor another headache.The New York Times reported that the backlash prompted banker JP Morgan to pull all its local TV and digital ads from all NBC News programming until after the interview aired.Kelly was scheduled to host a benefit on Wednesday for Sandy Hook Promise, a memorial group run by some of the parents of the children who died in the horrific mass shooting.”I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was “a hoax” as personally revolting as every other rational person does”. He also said that he now believes the tragic events of Sandy Hook did happen.”We’re not just giving him a platform”, Cole said, adding that “viewers will see Megyn do a strong interview where she challenges him appropriately”.”Yeah, so Sandy Hook is synthetic, completely fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured”.To many people, Jones’ views are not only baseless but reckless, offensive and downright weird.NBC’s Megyn Kelly defended her interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones Tuesday after an advertiser pulled commercials and a “Sandy Hook” gala cut her from speaking at the event.Donald Trump indeed appeared on Jones’ show in 2015 and Infowars was given a press credential last month, although it was apparently only a temporary, one-day pass. When Jones says “the media doesn’t cover all the evil wars it’s promoted”, Kelly responds, “That doesn’t excuse what you said about [Sandy Hook]”. “She said the interview was not going to be about Sandy Hook and the mass shooting there”.Kelly’s news magazine is still boosting NBC’s Sunday night ratings in the 7 p.m. block, however, which are up 13 percent in the demographic. ‘Shining a light works on cockroaches. Her first-episode interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin also drew criticism, while ratings for Sunday Night have, so far, been so-so at best.