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Jones Short on Straight Answers in Kelly Interview

20 June 2017, 01:09 | Simon Arnold

Kelly presses 'Infowars' host Jones on Sandy Hook denial

Megyn Kelly suggests her interview with Alex Jones

For all of the back-and-forth and ugliness, in the end, the ratings for Megyn Kelly's big Alex Jones interview ended up being as tepid as the interview itself.

In the interview, Jones never gave a direct answer when Kelly pressed him to admit he was wrong and continued to raise questions about the shootings.

The interview was a segment on "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly".

Those numbers were practically even with last week's episode, in which Kelly interviewed Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, and down sharply from her June 4 debut episode, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Puttin and drew 6.1 million viewers.

After a week of buildup, backlash, retooling, and preemption, Megyn Kelly's interview with Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones aired without incident Sunday night on NBC.

NBC noted Kelly's radioactive interview, which had been a top media story for days, outdelivered CBS's 60 Minutes rerun in the demo.

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60 Minutes beat Kelly in overall audience, delivering 5.31 million viewers. It was not immediately clear to what extent the controversy over the Jones segment hurt the broadcast; Connecticut's NBC News affiliate refused to air the program, citing community concerns.

Jones' comments about the Sandy Hook shooting-he continues to argue the murderous rampage was a government-sanctioned hoax-were the main flashpoint for many advertisers and viewers.

Jones, for his part, live streamed a response to the interview - watched at its peak by almost 20,000 people on YouTube - slamming the episode as "fake news".

Kelly, now with NBC, told A.P. she respected Sandy Hook Promise's decision to drop her from a Wednesday event in Washington, but was disappointed.

Complaints from Newtown families due to Jones' odious assertions that Sandy Hook was a hoax heightened the pressure.

A parent of one of the victims also spoke out. Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan, and Barden's 7-year-old son Daniel were among those killed in the mass shooting. Jones, meanwhile, did all he could to taint the piece in advance, surreptitiously taping their conversations and releasing them prior to the broadcast.



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