Megyn Kelly’s Sunday night show featuring a previously-taped interview with Infowars host Alex Jones garnered a mixed reaction.
Kelly’s NBC show opened with her acknowledging that “some thought we shouldn’t broadcast this interview,” because Jones has perpetrated the notion that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
The daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was murdered at Sandy Hook, spoke out against Kelly’s airing of the interview. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 when 20 six- and seven-year-olds and six educators were shot and killed by a deranged killer.
“My mom, a 47-year-old woman who stood 5 feet and 2 inches tall, died charging at the gunman,” said Erica Lafferty, who went on to describe how “Sandy Hook truthers” have terrorized her and the other victims of the tragedy.
“It’s one thing to cover the news — it’s something else entirely to give airtime to someone who doesn’t even believe the news. There’s a difference between acknowledging that truthers exist and giving them a national platform,” stated Lafferty.
“Truthers bully and taunt us online and threaten to kill us for our ‘lies,” Lafferty described. “They’ve accused me of being an actor — not a 31-year-old woman who will never fully recover from knowing that my loving, sweet mom’s last moments were so terrifying and sad. It’s like they see our pain and want to double down on it.”
After the segment aired, journalists such as Andrea Mitchell praised the interview, but social media users dismissed her assessment as BS.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 18, 2017
Journalist Tina Brown also got called out for giving Kelly’s show “high marks”.
Are they making all of you at the network praise her, or do you all believe you are doing a great job
— Rena (@Renoula) June 18, 2017
Many of the commenters tweeted that they had no interest in the interview and didn’t watch it.
— CJ (@CeeJayT07381069) June 18, 2017
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