Newtown parent won't view NBC interview of Alex Jones

Television journalist Megyn Kelly and Alex Jones

That's the fewest viewers that Kelly's weekly news magazine telecast, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", has drawn since its debut three weeks ago. The fringe element that Jones represents needs to be understood, which isn't the same as needing to be condoned.

Sunday Night, and all Sunday originals, was again overwhelmed by sports this week.

Kelly's first episode came out high, averaging 6.2 million viewers, while her second episode dipped down to 3.6 million viewers and was dwarfed by competitor 60 Minutes.

Megyn Kelly made Alex Jones look like an idiot.

Some critics still felt, though, that while Kelly may have presented a strong interview, she and NBC erred in giving Jones, and his theories, a national platform.

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In the interim, he said, he hoped more people would come visit the area as a result of the publicity afforded his wife's stunt. Jones, who suffered broken bones and severe bruising, lived to describe his initial harrowing plunge on national TV.

Many were outraged that Kelly and NBC chose to give air time to Jones, who infamously called the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting a hoax. The controversy escalated after Jones leaked a portion of a phone conversation with Kelly to his InfoWars website ahead of Sunday's broadest.

Kelly, now with NBC, told A.P. she respected Sandy Hook Promise's decision to drop her from a Wednesday event in Washington, but was disappointed. The two frequently interrupted each other as Kelly kept asking if he would admit to his wrongdoing and a visibly tense Jones kept deflecting her questions, blaming the media for distorting his remarks or veering between acknowledging and disputing the tragedy.

The sitdown created a firestorm in the week leading up to its broadcast, as many criticized Kelly and her new employer for giving the Infowars host a platform to peddle his conspiracy theories, claims Kelly wasted no time at the top of the show in calling them "baseless allegations [that] aren't just offensive, they're unsafe". Those stories eventually elicited forced apologies from Jones - part of a pattern, the NBC anchor said, of "reckless accusation, followed by equivocation and excuses". And yet, NBC's pre-show publicity was so inept last week that most people formed the impression that Kelly was poised to produce a puff piece about this kook.

Even Tom Brokaw was brought on at the end to add a gravitas to the proceedings, just in case you hadn't made up your mind about Jones to that point.

And Kelly didn't just lose viewers.

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