Megyn Kelly widely criticized for giving airtime to unhinged loon Alex Jones

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Mediocre newsy lady Megyn Kelly’s new show, Sunday Night, has already debuted. There was a lot of manufactured hype about the show and about Megyn’s return to “journalism or whatever.” Her big debut did not go well – she interviewed Vladimir Putin and the reviews were pretty terrible. In defense of her mediocrity, I saw a clip and I think it would be tough to be “hard-hitting” via a translator. That being said, I don’t think Megyn really prepared for that Putin interview. She expected to show up and wow him with her blondeness. That didn’t happen. So instead of taking some time to grow into the role and putting more time and effort into learning “how to journalism,” Megyn has just leaned into every hacky, tabloid instinct. Because of course she has.

Megyn’s big interview for her June 18th show is none other than Alex Jones. I don’t even like to discuss anything about Alex Jones or his site, InfoWars. He’s an unhinged conspiracy theorist who destroys lives and spreads lies to already-ignorant people. Donald Trump regularly cited InfoWars stories on the campaign trail, which tells you a lot about both men. Alex Jones also believes that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a “false flag” operation conducted by the government and that no children actually died at that school. So, as you can imagine, people are asking Megyn Kelly why she’s giving Alex Jones a platform. Here’s a clip:

The condemnation came swiftly – why would NBC allow Megyn Kelly to sit there, smirking, as she gave Alex Jones free rein to say whatever he liked? When people started tweeting at her, telling her that this is the kind of thing that legitimizes Alex Jones, Megyn tweeted this:

Which… I mean, I understand that argument. It’s the “shine a light on all of these terrible f–king people and hope that normal folks will be outraged” argument. Bill Maher claimed he was doing something similar when he gave Milo Yiannopoulos free time on HBO. And while lurid, I can see understand that argument. Except this was a response from one of the Sandy Hook mothers:

That same mother gave an interview to the Washington Post too, describing the cruelty with which Alex Jones and his followers have treated her and other Sandy Hook families. Go here to read it.

So, at the end of the day… no. Don’t give him the platform. I understand the “shine a light” argument, but I will counter that argument with this: Megyn Kelly and NBC are actually “normalizing” this kind of buffoonery. They are causing actual pain to still-grieving parents by giving Alex Jones this platform. He’s a hate-monger and a loon. Enough. There’s a reason these people live under rocks and exist in darkness – no amount of light will cleanse them of their hate, cruelty and stupidity.

Two more pieces of info: one, JP Morgan is pulling their ads from Sunday Night. And Megyn has been pulled from hosting a benefit for the families of Sandy Hook.

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  1. SusanneToo says:

    Chase has pulled its ads. Time to pressure the other sponsors.

  2. Margo S. says:

    She thought she could host a benefit for Sandy hook families while also interviewing and taking selfies with Alex Jones….? Who made that bright decision?

    • LadyMTL says:

      My thoughts exactly. Like WTF Megyn?? I have no (coherent) words.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, I didn’t realize that until just now, too. That’s f^cking insane. I really, really hope they decide not to give any airtime to this piece of garbage.

    • Sadezilla says:

      Because she’s an entitled white lady? She has made really gross, racist comments before too. Glad people are calling out this nonsense.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My jaw dropped when I read that. W.T.F?!!?

    • Megan says:

      What did you expect? She was the face of fake news on Fox for years. She is a right wing nutjob with no ethics or integrity.

    • FLORC says:

      This is pretty awful. I lived in ct during this. I knew a few of the victims. I’m outraged he got a platform. Shameful.

  3. Nev says:

    Annoying all around. Ugh.

  4. BearcatLawyer says:

    She is the living embodiment of white privilege.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    While she SHOULD be criticized, it is NBC who deserves harsher criticism for pandering to this lunatic and his minions under the guise of “shining a light” on what he’s about. We all know what he’s about and have for quite some time. NBC would have recognized that at one time. Now they’re just a shill for the extreme right for ratings. There is no hard hitting story here-this is exactly why they hired her and she is performing as expected.

    I hope they (and she) crash and burn for their greed.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      You nailed it with your comment. They are totally catering crazy conspiracy theories to the far-righted trumptards who will have these stories. I am glad to see it backfired.

  6. ncboudicca says:

    She’s disgusting…and NBC knew what they were getting when they hired her. There’s a reason that NBC is my father’s second favorite source of news after FOX.

    • SusanneToo says:

      The only thing I watch on NBC is L&O. 20+ year habit. I loathe the Today show.

      • Kitten says:

        Same. Watching the Today Show devolve into tabloid silliness over the past 10 years was the final straw for me. Sure, it was never hard-hitting news but when the headliner is about the Kardashians, safe to say they jumped the f*cking shark.

      • schmootc says:

        I’m sure I watch a handful of shows on NBC, though I can’t think of them at the moment. (I watch a lot of TV.) However, I too dumped the Today show years ago for Good Morning America. And then I dumped GMA a few years ago for CBS This Morning, which is far superior. I love Charlie and Gayle and Nora.

  7. IlsaLund says:

    Alex Jones should be treated like a pariah…he is a hateful, disgusting lunatic. How anyone can believe what he says is beyond comprehension. The Sandy Hook parents have suffered enough and don’t need ignorant, hateful people spewing their vile invective towards them

    As to NBC, the NBC News chief Andy Lack is the problem. He’s the obstacle to Lawrence O’Donnell’s contract renewal. He has steered MSNBC to a decidedly more conservative slant. He hired Greta Van Susteren from Fox News. He’s brought on several conservative hacks such as George Will, Nicolle Wallace and Hugh Hewitt to “add balance & perspective.”

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Thankfully Lawrence is staying. They renewed his contract but it was because Rachel had something to do with it. Some of the conservatives I don’t mind because I don’t really want only one perspective but only if they are reasonable and actually have something interesting to say. Steve Schmidt and Nicolle I don’t mind. A few others too. But Hugh and Greta NOPE. Megyn Kelly is the reason Tamron Hall is no longer there.

      • Guest says:

        I can’t stand Hugh Hewitt!! And I don’t particular care for Nicole Wallace. Steve Schmidt is resonable. Glad Lawrence is staying : )

      • third ginger says:

        Nicole and Steve hate Trump, so they are OK with me. They also spilled the beans on Palin after the 2008 election.

        Hugh Hewitt is horrible as well as spineless.

      • holly hobby says:

        Yep Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace are good. They are actually reasonable and I loved their incredulous stories about Palin during that campaign.

        But Greta is a know $cientologist. So that’s plenty of no from me!

      • third ginger says:

        I take a break from MSNBC at 6:00, but not before I scream at Greta for a moment!! It alarms the cats, but my husband is used to it. Her clumsy attempts to bring “balance” to Trump scandal stories are sickening.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Nicolle Wallace is NOT a hack! She has experience and has well structured opinions. I am a democrat, but I wouldn’t call her a hack just because she is conservative.

  8. Who ARE these people? says:

    You can send comments through the NBC website. It is easy to do. I cannot imagine being treated this outrageously in grief as have the parents of Sandy Hook. Shame on NBC. As for White Santa Megyn, she’s still that stupid sensationalist from Fox. She just doesn’t care.

  9. lizzie says:

    i stopped watching nbc when the today show did a series of prison interviews with jerry sandusky after he was convicted. like – what was the point of that? what was the point of giving air time to a man who was convicted of serial child rape? what more is there to say? what does he deserve to say? i feel the same way about alex jones. a woman went to jail last week for harassing the family of a victim in sandy hook. he’s not just spouting crazy theories he is encouraging his listeners to act and commit crimes on his behalf. as far as i’m concerned he should be in a cell next to charles manson – who didn’t commit crimes himself but urged equally unstable lunatics to do it for him in the name of a conspiracy theory. in the past the alex jones’s of the world were relegated to HAM radios in their mother’s basements shouting their trash to the open airwaves. now they get sunday night primetime? disgusting.

  10. Sayrah says:

    Sandy Hook deniers are the lowest of the low – sick a-holes. Hopefully she challenges his claims and he can fade into obscurity.

    • pinetree13 says:

      These people make me FOAMING OF THE MOUTH ANGRY! Even reading the above made me quiver with anger. I just CANNOT with these stupid gun nuts attacking innocent people’s families!!!!!!!!!! UGH. It’s so evil. So evil.

    • Ange says:

      I don’t even understand why they stick to this story. They think the shooting was to enact gun control right? Except it did nothing and prior incidents show that mass shootings change nothing so why would the government bother with such a huge and unwieldy operation?

  11. Craven says:

    So heres the problem – Alex already has millions of viewers. One of his followers is the most powerful man in the world. He is a modern day Rasputin and most of the country is clueless on who he is. Interviewing him doesnt endorse him anymore than it endorsed the murdering Vladimir Putin or the corrupt Donald Trump. It just provides citizens with a glimpse behind the curtain. I’m actually of the view that anybody newsworthy, anybody affecting my world should not be off limit to journalists. That goes for this guy, El Chapo, David Duke and the rest of them demon souls.

    • Mia4s says:

      The ONLY way this is remotely OK is if she rips him into tiny pieces and leaves him (metaphorically) bleeding on the floor. Period. There is no neutral, no detached journalist position to take with this monster. If she sits there nodding and flipping her hair she is complicit. The facts are readily available to destroy this guy and while I know a sad number of Americans in particular are too stupid to realize it, that is the only reasonable goal in interviewing him.

      Sadly it sounds to me like she’d interview Hitler and give him a platform to “explain about the camps” without doing the work to destroy him as any true journalist would do. Get the list of advertisers and prepare to start calling. Shut this stupid piece of trash and her show down ASAP.

      • Craven says:

        “The ONLY way this is remotely OK is if she rips him into tiny pieces and leaves him (metaphorically) bleeding on the floor.”

        Sure. Theres an interview show on BBC called HardTalk in which the interviewer will drag up every single problematic thing about a guest and drill down past PR answers in the most uncompromising manner possible. For some reason world leaders still sign on and most leave exposed. That would be a great format for Alex Jones and the rest. Nonetheless, hoping that Rasputin will suddenly disappear if you ignore him long enough has evidently failed. It failed so miserably that he is a big part of why Trump won having built a huge online army of theorists and trolls and now he has the ear of the President. All while we were pretending he didnt exist. Let the country see what they are dealing with.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree. Shining a light IS important, but it has to be an interview where the reporter is armed with the facts and can shoot down the conspiracies. Show him as the lunatic he is.

        The selfies with sunglasses make me think this won’t be that kind of interview.

  12. Maria F. says:

    Disgusting. As a mother! Where is the compassion?

  13. Nancy says:

    Wow. Sandy Hook was staged. The government was involved in Oklahoma City and 9/11, the moon landing was fake, Michelle Obama is a man. This is Alex Jones’ world. He calls himself a truther, but is a deceitful, crazed madman. So Miss Megyn thinks she got herself a good one here, Jesus H. You can take the woman out of Fox, but can’t take the fox out of the woman. Obviously, she hasn’t changed and he never will. God bless America, it’s going in the crapper.

  14. Goldengirllover34 says:

    As a black woman I have noticed that it is always the one who isn’t in the position to be affected directly by these nutjobs that always want to “shine a light.” If you truly want to shine a light how about having the parents who have been attacked by this deranged lunatic on. If you want to shine a light on islamaphobia or racism or sexism how about actually inviting victims of these systems on to discuss the realities of living in this country and dealing with this crap. Give me a damn break.

    • doofus says:

      “If you truly want to shine a light how about having the parents who have been attacked by this deranged lunatic on.”


      EXACTLY what I was thinking. talk to the people who have been VICTIMS of this P.O.S.

    • Insomniac says:

      Well said.

      And maybe I’m cynical, but it seems to me that the more we “shine a light” on scum like Alex Jones, the more people like them crawl out of the sewers trying to one-up each other.

  15. Giddy says:

    If Megyn spent half the time preparing that she does choosing her wardrobe she might rise to the level of being insipid. On Fox she stood out as the smartest of the blondes, a dubious achievement. On NBC her mediocrity comes through loud and clear. Maybe if her show tanks Bigly will get her to replace Spicey. I would love to see her try to handle the Washington press corps!

  16. Alex says:

    This is also why i don’t watch NBC either. They are trash and have been for a while.
    I don’t know why people are surprised. Kelly is no “hero feminist” she’s still the same Faux News shill she was before but she managed to be slightly less crazy during the election. Now she’s back to normal.

    You get what you paid for. And NBC paid for pandering to the deplorables

  17. Rapunzel says:

    Alex Jones is sick. His own lawyers have admitted that his shtick is an act. That he plays a character. And Megan Kelly is gross for having him on. And on Father’s Day, no less. Imagine how the Sandy Hook fathers must feel.

  18. Kate says:

    One of the few positive sides of having her on NBC news is that her outrageous mediocrity is exposed to the world. She was the brightest ‘journalist’ on a network full of conspiracy theorists and clueless bimbos. Nothing to boast about.

  19. adastraperaspera says:

    First she panders to Putin and now this cretin Jones. The only thing that will shut this vile claptrap down once and for all is when people turn it off. Refuse to watch. Contact NBC with your complaint. As long as we stare at the media freak shows, they will keep getting more disgusting. I feel like we’re living in the Thunderdome. It has to stop.

    • Tiffany says:

      On the debut she lost to a repeat of 60 Minutes and viewership went down 25% the following week. This show will not be around for long and that hour they are going to force on The Today Show is going to fail as well.

  20. Cannibell says:

    Under the blonde hair and nice figure, she’s nothing more than a mean girl with a microphone.

    Michelle Wolf’s take on her is brilliant – here’s “The Daily Show” clip.

  21. Neelyo says:

    Please continue to use the extremely unflattering header pic for any future Megyn Kelly stories.

    I won’t watch her idiotic show but I hope they air the episode this week despite sponsors exiting because if they don’t show it, it will just be further confirmation to his unhinged followers that they’re being silenced by the liberal media.

    • pleaseicu says:

      Which is rich because aren’t he and his unhinged followers huge fans of free market capitalism? This seems like typical free market capitalism at work–a corporate advertiser is exercising its right to put its profits and its own self-interest (via avoiding bad pr and boycotts from consumers) ahead of supporting a platform for a craven conspiracy theorist and his followers. They should be yuge fans of that.

  22. Frigga says:

    NBC f@cked up royally. Who actually thought giving her a show was a good idea?

  23. QQ says:

    Do This You Guys!, i’ve been posting this everywhere

  24. mellie says:

    I’m so mad about this interview. How can you look at those sweet babies pictures (not to mention the other victims…) and think anything but that it was the work of a deranged lunatic AND then to give another deranged lunatic a platform is just unthinkable and terribly unsympathetic. Nothing she can do is going to make up for this mess. She sucks.

  25. JenB says:

    Seeing Megyn recently has just reaffirmed that she should have stayed gone. (Sorry Megyn’s housekeeper!) Her self satisfied smugness has never been more apparent. Rachel Maddow is a far superior journalist and has raised the bar too high for me to tolerate Megyn now.

  26. MissMarierose says:

    I can’t believe NBC got rid of Tamron Hall for this idiot.

    • QQ says:

      I can.. I actually @ em all on Twitter, yesterday on the #shameonNBC tag JUST To BE SURE Just to say and Remind, that they got rid of an exceptional Journalist with tons of compassion for Victims of crime (due to her own history) dedication and thoroughness To bring this pinchy nosed witch in and her constituency, this is the most craven *ss way that they are cottonning to our current administration and I just wanted to make sure they all knew we knew

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I am still angry about that. Tamron offered the network so much more. She was on MSNBC, ID and NBC. I watched her crime show. Tamron would have been a thousand times better at interviewing Putin. I wrote to the network about it. I know what you mean. It may not change things but I wanted them to know WE SEE YOU.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      The sidelining of wonderful talents like Tamron to the advantage of bland, amoral harpies is bringing our country down.

  27. holly hobby says:

    WTF lady! She was asked to host a Sandy Hook benefit and she turns around and interviews this stooge? In the old days of tv (Rather, Jennings & Brokaw), people wouldn’t even touch this creep. They’d consider him too crazy to “shine a light.”

    BS she should crawl back to Fox. Shame on you NBC.

  28. Millie says:

    Why do you need to defend her mediocrity? She is an adult and also the embodiment of white privilege and just because she is a woman it doesn’t make her exempt.

  29. HK9 says:

    While I don’t expect anything much from this woman except famewhoring wrapped in white privilege, the lack for forethought here is staggering. She’s supposed to host an event for the Sandy Hook families and she’s entertaining that fool? I haven’t seen that flavour of ‘I don’t give a f-k’ in a looong time.

  30. teresa says:

    Kelly is such a novice. The real story is how Alex Jones convinced people of a lie, and that story can be done without interviewing him at all but impeaching his conduct, his lies, etc. Kelly, since she learned everything she knows from her days at Fox, and she seems to have convinced herself that a story must always be very controversial to drum up publicity. She simply thrives on creating a spectacle because it works on the FoxGnus audience. If they were going to do a story on the damage Jones has done to Sandy Hook families, that is a valid story, and there would be no need to feed his ego by interviewing him, they could focus on the woman who is going to jail because of this, but no, instead NBC and Kelly intend to feed the spectacle. The spectacle as Kelly, et al, have experienced has enriched them personally, so they truly believe the only way to keep up the fame and the money and power that comes with it.

    I hope she f–kng fails, I hope no one watches, I hope NBC continues to decline in ratings. I see a willingness to implement the Fox model of “all spectacle all the time” and it makes me sick. I just want them to fail, this weird all encompassing need to create constant spectacles is killing us.

    Thanks for letting me vent!

  31. Annetommy says:

    There was a programme on BBC radio in the UK a couple of months ago about Sandy Hook denial, and this guy’s theories and the parents’ anguish. The programme said the parents wrote to Trump and asked him to publicly condemn the falsehoods that were being spread. Several months later, they had not received a reply. Speaks volumes for Trump’s total lack of humanity. RIP all those lovely children.

  32. HoustonGrl says:

    When I watched the Putin interview, it made me long for the likes of Barbara Walters, because she always looked at the human first. That’s what made her interviews so captivating and personal, by really looking at the subject and not the facade. As for this interview with Alex Jones, just NO NO NO. NOOOO.

  33. Shasha says:

    Just so everyone knows, you can call NBC and tell them not to air this interview, and it would REALLY help if you did. It takes less than 60 seconds to do.

    Here is the public telephone number for NBC: 212-664-4444. If it’s during business hours you will get a receptionist who will connect you to voice mail. Or if not business hours you can just directly leave a message.

    I called and asked them not to run the Alex Jones interview because he radicalizes extremists and I don’t want him being given a more and more mainstream platform to do that. Once he’s allowed to appear on NBC, he’ll be allowed on other networks to follow. We’ve seen that extremists have ended up in jail for harassing Sandy Hook parents due to his egging on. We don’t need to give a mainstream platform to those who radicalize extremists.

  34. Black Ivy says:

    Of all the people in the world that she could interview, she chooses an insane, cruel, and–for most reasonable people–irrelevant ass. She should go back to Fox, where she belongs. NBC made a bad bet with her.