Written by DML
The NBC-owned station WVIT in Connecticut will not air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones on Sunday, June 18. WVIT serves NBC programming to Newtown, CT.
Newtown is where the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre took place more than 5 years ago. The result was 28 people dead, including 20 children.
The mass shooting, which caught the attention of the world in 2012, drew crazy comments from conspiracy theory specialist Alex Jones. Immediately following the event, Jones claimed that elements of the shooting were a hoax. He has said several times over the years that some of the TV coverage was fake, and that actors were used to push a false narrative in an attempt to strip away gun ownership rights in America.
The local NBC station put out a memo regarding the decision to blackout the interview. “Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal,” the memo read. “Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of ‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly.’”
Kelly and NBC launched a teaser video promoting the interview earlier this week. Doing so has launched a firestorm of criticism. In addition to WVIT blacking out the interview, major advertisers have pulled from the show, and Kelly was uninvited to an event connected to the Sandy Hook shooting.
Kelly has defended her reasons for interviewing the controversial radio host, claiming it is good journalism to interview someone like Jones who spews fake news and enjoys a cozy relationship with President Trump.
Jones is no dummy. He knows how to take advantage of a situation like the one he finds himself in today. Kelly is hated by most Trump supporters, and her new show on NBC is barely breathing. Jones is playing into both factors, as he has called for the show to be cancelled because of the promo clip, saying it depicts him in a bad light.
According to Jones, Kelly is a dishonest journalist, and he has the tapes to prove it. Jones secretly recorded his time with Kelly, and released portions of the tapes today. The tapes reveal little to nothing, but who cares — the tapes are going viral and Jones is trending on social media. This he likes.
In a statement on Friday, an NBC spokesperson said the network will still air the interview as planned: “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.”
Meanwhile, WVIT is standing its ground by not showing the interview. The stations full public statement can be read here:
Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, the pain resurfaces for our community and our viewers. With the upcoming interview airing on Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, WVIT NBC Connecticut will make sure to give voice to those most affected by the tragedy, and most impacted by the interview.
Additionally, anchor Kevin Nathan is in Washington, DC tonight to cover the Sandy Hook Promise Champions gala. As part of that reporting, we are talking to local parents and covering their commitment to change.
We will continue our coverage throughout the week, including a special report on our Sunday 11 p.m. newscast after Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly.
NBC Connecticut is committed to giving the Sandy Hook families a voice, today, tomorrow and in the future.
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