It probably doesn't come as a great surprise that Fox News commentator Sean Hannity is defending conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over his former colleague Megyn Kelly, whose interview of the Infowars creator has caused a furor of debate over the past few weeks. She has defended her decision by noting that President Donald Trump has praised Jones and appeared on his radio program.
Multiple advertisers pulled out of Kelly's interview with Jones over his promotion of unfounded conspiracy theories, including one that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax made up in order to push new gun control measures. When Kelly asked him whether he had anything to say to Jones for Father's Day, he responded, "I think he's blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to".
With all the added attention, though, the broadcast of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" still couldn't beat an old episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the 18-49 demographic.
NBC noted Kelly's radioactive interview, which had been a top media story for days, outdelivered CBS's 60 Minutes rerun in the demo.
Kelly said Jones never completely disavowed his previous statements about the killings being a hoax.
Early Nielsen Media Research data indicates "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" netted an average of 3.5 million viewers, the Hillreported. In the conversation, Kelly was heard promising she would not portray him as "some kind of boogeyman". She said Monday she won't watch the interview for "obvious" reasons.
Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook urged NBC News officials not to air the interview.
A week before the episode aired, group founded by the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims dropped Kelly as an event host due to the then-unaired interview.
"I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil's advocate", he said.
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