NBC's Megyn Kelly defended her heavily criticized interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by saying at the start of the Sunday broadcast of her program that the man who called a 2012 CT school massacre a hoax has the attention of President Donald Trump.
In fact, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" spent very little time actually letting Jones speak.
Kelly has been criticized intensely for giving a platform to Jones, who has also called the September 11 attacks an inside job and promoted the false story that a pizza place in Washington, D.C. was the site of a child sex ring. But he added that he remained skeptical after he "watched the footage" of children leaving the building.
Jones claims that he secretly recorded all of his discussions with Kelly as evidence, suggesting that it's a hedge against amusing business NBC might pull in the editing process of the interview.
The Free Beacon's report said that a previous headline for that story had called the interview an "edited NBC interview", but took that word out later. Not only is Jones a deeply divisive figure, but Kelly - a former Fox News anchor - is still toting around baggage from her last job, with many progressives eager to dredge up moments like her assurance to kids that Santa Claus is white.
As CNN notes, that's "the fewest viewers that Kelly's weekly news magazine telecast, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, has drawn since its debut three weeks ago". "But then you look at all the other evidence on the other side, I could see how other people believe that nobody died there".
And Kelly didn't just lose viewers. Lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre wrote to the network and asked them not to air the interview.
Kelly's first episode came out of the gate rather strong, averaging 6.2 million viewers.
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. But even a masterclass in dress-down interviews wouldn't undo the damage already done by NBC News and Kelly.
Throughout the week leading up to Sunday's airing of the interview, Jones had been busy whipping up conspiracy theories that NBC and Kelly would misrepresent him and make him look bad.