No good can come from interviewing Alex Jones.
For those who don’t know, the Infowars host’s most controversial claim is that the harrowing 2012 school shooting — which claimed the lives of 26 people — never happened.
Well, the mother of 6-year-old victim Dylan Hockley, and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, understandably doesn’t want Jones bringing his crackpot theories to a larger audience.
Hockley sent a letter to NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, urging him to cancel the broadcast of Kelly’s interview with Jones. She wrote:
“That Jones could posit that what happened in Newtown was a hoax is beyond reprehensible; it is indefensible. It dishonors the lives of the 20 children and 6 adults who died on Dec. 14, 2012. The exposure that Jones will receive as a result of the broadcast will enrich him further and invigorate him and his supporters. There is undeniable evidence that whenever conspiracy theorists are given a platform or voice, it bolsters them.”
Explaining the turmoil Newtown, CT families faced amid Jones and his legion of Sandy Hook deniers perpetuating claims the tragedy was a hoax, Hockley said no good can come from giving Jones a larger platform.
“We respect the thought and approach, however, you missed the larger impact in that giving Jones a platform and national forum, the real impact will be on families. Listening to Jones’ comments in the last 24 hours, it is obvious he is basking in the platform he has already been given due to the outcry and is baiting you to air the show. Please ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ don’t make this about him. Make this about the people he and his followers harm.”
As for Kelly, Hockley already hit back by announcing the NBC reporter will no longer be hosting the Sandy Hook Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday.
In response to the backlash, the former Fox News host said she understood the event organizer’s decision to let her go — but made it clear that she also finds Jones’ Sandy Hook theory “personally revolting.”
She wrote in a lengthy statement:
“I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night. I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ├óΓé¼╦£a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?
President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many. Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ as journalists are supposed to do ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ on this influential figure, and yes ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity.”
So despite the outcry, it looks like the show will go on… for now!
Watch the controversial interview on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on NBC.