Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

Alex Jones interview draws 3.5 million viewers

The 19-minute segment aired as scheduled Sunday night.

That's down from the previous week, when "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" averaged 3.6 million viewers in its second outing - which was a 42 percent drop from her June 4 debut, according to TVNewser. Because ahead of the interview, Jones actually sent his condolences to the parents of the Sandy Hook victims - whom he previously claimed were "crisis actors" - in a surprising Father's Day video confessional.

"If you just look at an article and discuss it, then it's garbage in, garbage out, right?"

Yeah, we have a feeling Sandy Hook parents will continue to stay far away from Jones and his tinfoil hat.

Even as viewers and advertisers balked at Jones' inclusion, NBC News defended the segment's journalistic value.

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With the preponderance of evidence on her side - namely, videotape of Jones making ill-informed (to say the least) statements about awful events he apparently knows nothing about - Kelly blocked every attempt he made to blame other media. Kelly's instincts here aren't wrong: Viewers who don't want to hear a single word from Jones need to know more about him and the people who believe him. Jones, meanwhile, did all he could to taint the piece in advance, surreptitiously taping their conversations and releasing them prior to the broadcast. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told The Associated Press that the Jones story would be edited with its critics in mind.

Setting the cautionary aspects of dealing with such a personality aside, "Sunday Night" can only be judged by what made it onto the screen, which began with Kelly promising to "confront [Jones] on his notorious lie about the Sandy Hook massacre".

Of course, what Kelly was clearly demonstrating was that there is no vetting process. The two frequently interrupted each other as Kelly kept asking if he would admit to his wrongdoing and a visibly tense Jones kept deflecting her questions, blaming the media for distorting his remarks or veering between acknowledging and disputing the tragedy. The site has gone mainstream as it has allied itself with President Trump during his presidential campaign.

Kelly, who gained prominence as an anchor at Fox News, joined NBC this year.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The publicity and uproar in the days before Sunday's broadcast of Megyn Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones didn't translate into ratings.

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