Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News, and now host of a new program at NBC, is taking a lot of flack over her upcoming interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones, which is set to air this coming Sunday.
The backlash is so bad that Kelly has been pulled as a host at an event with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, and J.P. Morgan Chase has withdrawn their advertisements that were to air during the program.
Kelly responded to some of the backlash in an interview Tuesday with Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times.
Rutenberg said she was “respectfully unapologetic” over her interview with Jones, indicating that he has “found new prominence in the Trump era” and “has back-channel communications with the president of the United States, who has been known to espouse some of his theories.”
“What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,” she said. “Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.”
“As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,” Ms. Kelly said. “It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.”
Rutenberg reported that Kelly compared her interview with the 2013 interviews of Jones by Piers Morgan of CNN and “Nightline” on ABC, saying the reaction to their interviews was “low key” because they “didn’t get into conspiracy” and she does.
“People like me are going to have to deal with the fallout,” Kelly stated.
According to the interview, Kelly believes that Alex Jones played a large role in getting Trump elected, and still has influence over him.
“Too many people expect their media to choose sides. They want ‘evisceration journalism,’ and I think there are a lot of people who are very angry that Donald Trump is president and a lot of people who believe Alex Jones played a large role in it,” Rutenberg reported Kelly as saying, adding that she said she wouldn’t disagree.
Her intention was to explore “his influence and his – for lack of a better term – method for putting information together to figure out how he got to be so important in the president’s world, in millions of people’s world.”
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