Megyn Kelly found herself in hot water over this past week after interviewing Infowars host Alex Jones, who has said in the past that Sandy Hook was a hoax. After the interview aired on Sunday night, things got even worse for Kelly…
Western Journalism reported that Kelly received less than rave reviews for the interview, meaning it was not nearly worth the hit her career took for doing it. Among her many failures of the interview was that she was never able to get a clear answer from Jones on what he thinks about Sandy Hook.
“I do think there is cover-up and manipulation, that’s pretty much what I believed,” Jones said. “But then I was also going into devil’s advocate. But then we know there’s mass shootings, and these things happen … I tend to believe that children probably did die there.”
In the interview, which was heavily edited, Kelly was shown pressing Jones to no avail.
“You’re trying to have it all ways, right?” she asked. “If you wrongly went out there and said it was a hoax, that’s wrong.”
“What I already answered your question was, listeners and other people were covering this, I didn’t create that story,” he replied.
“Alex, the parents, one after the other, devastated, the dead bodies that the coroner autopsied …” Kelly interrupted.
“They’ve locked all that, won’t release any of it,” Jones explained.
“All the parents decided to come out and about their dead children? What happened to the children?” she asked.
“I didn’t say that … I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil’s advocate,” he said.
In her review for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote that though Jones sometimes appeared to be on the ropes, there was no knockout punch.
“The Sunday Night segment doesn’t seem like investigating; it’s instead a wind-up to a punch with no subsequent impact,” she wrote. “The segment was edited to indicate as firmly as possible Kelly’s condemnation of Jones’ outrageous statements. That may explain why the interview portion that aired seems so stilted; the exchanges that aired emphasize Kelly trying to get him to disavow his past statements. They appeared to be carefully extracted out of broader conversation.”
She added that the only conclusion that could be drawn from the interview reflected on Kelly, not Jones.
“The decision to go after Jones actually put the spotlight on the fact that Kelly, despite the reputation she built at Fox News, is not a great interviewer,” Saraiya said.
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