Friday, June 16, 2017

Report: NBC, Kelly Overhaul Sunday's Jones Interview Piece

Megyn Kelly has completely overhauled her Sunday night show featuring Alex Jones, inviting Sandy Hook families on the program and editing her interview with Jones to be tougher on him, following all the backlash this week, according to Page Six at The NYPost.

NBC News execs were scrambling following the furor over Kelly’s decision to give a platform to the controversial Infowars host, who claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

A contrite Kelly personally called the Sandy Hook families, we’re told, to invite them on the show to counter Jones’ rhetoric.

The Post is reporting, “Everyone on the show believes it’s vitally important that the piece conveys the immense pain that Jones has caused the Sandy Hook families.” The source added it was normal to be editing right up until airtime.

Page Six has learned that Neil Heslin, the father of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., has agreed to be interviewed on Kelly’s show. In 2013, he appeared at a Senate committee hearing and pleaded with senators to ban assault weapons such as the gun that killed his son.

Jones himself thinks the piece will be deliberately cut to make him look crazy.

He spent 13 hours with Kelly, but says he expects producers to pick the parts that make him look bad, to prove to Kelly’s critics that she is a serious journalist.

Meanwhile, The Hill reports Alex Jones on Thursday released secretly-taped audio of his interview with Megyn Kelly three days before the official airing was supposed to occur on NBC.

"I've never done this in 22 years, I've never recorded another journalist," Jones said in a Twitter video. "I've never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie."

"It's not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I can promise you that." Kelly is heard saying to Jones.

"What are they going to do, when I've got the tapes of what really happened?" Jones said after playing other snippets clips of Kelly, adding she was "obsessed with him."

NBC News responded to The Hill's comment request on Friday, stating it remained committed to airing the interview.

"Despite Alex Jones' efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to getting this serious story right. Tune in Sunday," wrote a spokesperson in an email.

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