When Megyn Kelly chose to have Alex Jones on her Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly program this weekend, she received all sorts of blowback; to go along with that further, advertisers have also grown leery of the program and the message. While she has claimed that her goal is not to humanize the radio host / conspiracy theorist, it’s still giving him a further platform.
Our thoughts on this remain the same as what they were going into the interview: If this does lead to even one more person buying into some of Jones’ stuff, it will turn out to be a bad decision from NBC and one that they shouldn’t have made.
Well … it also turns out that NBC may be regretting this decision in the first place, because Jones apparently recorded much of the conversations leading up to the interview. Speaking in a (very uncomfortable) Twitter video, he claims that he did this because he didn’t trust Kelly’s intentions (text via EW):
“I’ve never done this in 22 years, I’ve never recorded another journalist, but I knew it was a fraud, that it was lie. God, she was like, ‘I want to get steaks with you, I’m obsessed with you, oh my god,’ wiggling around in her seat. It was all crap. I knew it was all a lie. I said Sandy Hook happened, and she wouldn’t even put it in the promo pieces. So we’re going to release — oh yeah — the pre-interview. And then when they put the fraud out on Sunday — which I’ve asked them not to air because they’re misrepresenting who I am and say I’m as bad as Saddam Hussein… we’ve got the whole interviews here … You’re going to hear what I actually said … it’s all going to come out tonight.”
Here is the big problem with NBC falling for this: They put themselves in a position to get fleeced by someone who probably knew that the interview wouldn’t be favorable for them, and used them more as a platform to rally up his base further. It’s definitely all sorts of frustrating, and it’s exactly what seemed to happen here.
Do you think NBC should just cancel this interview and stop the chaos for themselves now before it even airs? Share in the comments below! We’ll have an update if there is one that comes out. (Photo: NBC.)