Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

News' Megyn Kelly defended her decision interview with online radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones Sunday night, telling her audience that the "Infowars" host "isn't going away".

During the interview, Kelly challenged Jones for causing "so much pain" to people already devastated by the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., on December 14, 2012.

But when NBC's promos aired, Sandy Hook families rebuked Kelly for being softer on Jones than they felt he warranted and accused her of engaging in journalistic malpractice.

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. "I was also being a devil's advocate".

But he continued to express doubts, saying that he looked at footage of children leaving the building and thought it looked like a "drill".

"I didn't create that story", Jones insisted, recounting videos he'd watched that led him to have doubts about 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza's massacre.

"I tend to believe that children probably did die there". "You don't sound very sorry", she said as Jones tried to explain why he agreed to the apologies.

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Newtown father Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed in the attack, told Kelly that Jones had made his frightful pain even worse.

"You know, it's disrespectful to me where in fact I did lose my son", he told Kelly.

The Jones segment covered mostly familiar terrain, though maybe news to some NBC News' viewers, including his claims Hillary Clinton and other Dems were running a child sex ring out of a Washington pizza restaurant, that elements of the federal government allowed September 11 to happen, and that the Sandy Hook slaughter was a hoax performed by actors. "I don't have that". Megyn Kelly, formerly a news anchor on Fox, is set to air an interview with the controversial figure on June 18th on NBC, officially bringing him from the fringe of politics to center-stage.

NBC Connecticut is refusing to air the interview.

Picked up by Entertainment Weekly, the memo reads: "Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT". We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal. 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 Russian Federation".

"That doesn't excuse what you did and said about Newtown", Kelly fired back. "The bottom line is that while it's not always popular, it's important".

As the interview was broadcast, Alex Jones offered commentary on his YouTube livestream, continuing to discuss his doubts about Newtown. "He has millions of listeners and the ear of our current president". "I can see how other people believe that nobody died there".

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