Connecticut's NBC affiliate, WVIT, broke with the network last night by refusing to run Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a staged event created to promote tougher gun control laws. She has defended her decision by noting that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.
The interview prompted indignation, especially in CT, where 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012. When Kelly asked him if he had anything to say to Jones for Father's Day, when the interview aired, he responded, "I think he's blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to".
In the news demo, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly clocked a 0.7 rating, also her smallest stats yet for Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.
"Parents should never have to bury their own children", Jones said.
If at some point you were thinking all the outrage from both sides over Megyn Kelly's interview of Alex Jones might have been a secret stunt by NBC News' PR team, rest assured it didn't work.
Kelly's first episode came out of the gate rather strong, averaging 6.2 million viewers.
Before the interview aired Sunday on NBC, Kelly drew criticism, with some saying she was giving conservative commentator and conspiracy theorist Jones publicity, according to the Times report.
Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. She said Monday she won't watch the interview for "obvious" reasons.
"Kelly's segment throughout the week and have gambled millions of dollars on her success".
A week before the episode aired, group founded by the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims dropped Kelly as an event host due to the then-unaired interview. But he chalks it up to him reviewing every position and playing devil's advocate. Alex Jones isn't going away.