“Infowars” host Alex Jones is a controversial figure, but journalist Megyn Kelly is the one being lambasted for giving Jones a huge platform.
Kelly, 46, teased her upcoming one-on-one with Jones, the latter of whom previously called the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting a hoax and 9/11 an inside job — among other claims. In the clip, Kelly asked Jones about his highly controversial theories about the shooting in Newton, Conneticut, which killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
“Well Sandy Hook is complex because I’ve had debates where devil’s advocates have said the whole story is true and then I’ve had debates where I’ve said that none of it’s true,” said Jones. Kelly replied, “When you say parents faked their children’s death, people get very angry.”
“But they don’t get about the half million dead Iraqis from the sanctions…” Jones retorted. “That’s a dodge,” Kelly countered.
Although Kelly is clearly challenging Jones in the teaser, some parents of Sandy Hook elementary victims are upset the journalist is giving the conspiracy theorist a voice. “I never imagined losing a child to gun violence and being involved in something like this,” one parent wrote.
“By making this choice, you grieve our hearts and the memory of our child,” Marquez-Green continued. “You have a powerful platform. I encourage you to ‘shine light’ on affirming the losses suffered here – NOT on a person who mocks those losses.”
And its not just parents who are upset. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and “Captain America” star Chris Evans also had something to say about Kelly’s interview with Jones.
Jones said in 2014 that “Sandy Hook is a synthetic, completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured [incident]. I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors.”
Kelly, for her part, has defended the decision to feature Jones on her programming.