"Some thought we shouldn't broadcast this interview because his baseless allegations aren't just offensive, they're risky", Kelly, a former Fox News anchor, said, "But here's the thing".
Barbara Walters interviewed Saddam Hussein, so why cant Megyn Kelly interview Alex Jones?
The call here is a relatively easy one: Beyond his millions of viwers and listeners, the fact that President Donald Trump talks to and listens to Jones makes it important for major news operations to explore his appeal and assess his role in the culture. "That looks like a drill".
Jones' website, Infowars.com, touted the availability of the unedited interview, but it was not online as of Friday morning. "The dead bodies that the coroner autopsied".
The bombastic Jones also explained why he'd needed to issue public apologies over two sensational child sex claims he had made on his radio show. "I do think there was some cover-up", he said, but apparently no longer thinks the shooting was "fake" or a "hoax". Kelly said, "I'm not looking to portray you as some boogeyman or just any sort of gotcha moment".
Kelly also grilled Jones about his assertions previous year that Democrats were running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria and that the founder of the Chobani yogurt brand was involved in the sexual assault of a child.
He added: "I tend to believe that children probably did die there".
The Washington Postreported on Alex Jones' apology to James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., which had become the focus of baseless accusations that it was the center of a "child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her [then] campaign chairman, John Podesta".
Kelly has yet to earn the trust of the nation, these executives said, because earning the trust of the nation takes time. Victims' families asked NBC not to air the pre-recorded interview, but the channel made a decision to go ahead with it. During Jones' response, Kelly at one point accused him of dodging the question, but he replied: "The media never covers all the evil wars".
"They chose to go after me and so I simply pointed out that we were reporting other people's reports that were not entirely accurate and for that we were sorry".
I was on vacation last week and didn't have a chance to weigh in on the debate as to whether or not NBC should be interviewingJones in the first place, given his track record of trafficking in unsafe conspiracy theories.
"If you wrongly went out there and said it was a hoax, that's wrong", Kelly said. She also interviewed the father of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, who died at six years old.
On Thursday Jones leaked a private conversation between himself and Kelly in which the latter could be heard promising to treat him fairly and saying that the segment would not be a "hit piece". Alex Jones wanted more attention from people who might pay for certain products that he sells.
And yet, Jones, who-of course-determined that Kelly sought to crucify him, had other plans. "I've never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie".