Advertisers are not taking kindly to Megyn Kelly’s decision to air an interview with InfoWars’ Alex Jones.
They are fleeing in droves, at least until after Sunday’s interview airs on NBC. On Monday, finance giant J.P. Morgan pulled all their advertising from the entire network until after Sunday. Their chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau, said she was “repulsed” by the interview.
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
“As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?” she wrote, as reported at The Blaze.
In January 2015, Jones said that Sandy Hook was “synthetic” and a manufactured event with actors. You can see his comments at 1:19:00 in this video.
A mother of one of the victims of Sandy Hook blasted Kelly and Jones.
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
“Hey @megynkelly , let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time,” Nelba Márquez-Greene wrote. “Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not encourage his abuse.”
Jones has said that other horrific tragedies involving guns and terrorist attacks were hoaxes, like the Boston Marathon bombing and the Newtown mass murder.
In a promo piece for the show, we see Kelly confronting Jones about his comments:
“Sandy Hook is complex,” he explains, “because I’ve had debates where we’ve devil’s advocates said the whole story’s true, and I’ve had debates where I’ve said, uh, that none of it’s true.”
“When you say parents faked their children’s death,” Kelly says, “people get very angry.”
“Oh I know,” he replies, “but they don’t get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from our sanctions—”
“That’s a dodge,” she interjects.
“It’s not a dodge,” he counters, “the media doesn’t cover all the evil wars—”
“It doesn’t excuse what you did and said about Newtown,” Kelly interrupted, “you know it.”
Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones Sunday, June 18 at 7/6c during "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" on NBC. pic.twitter.com/dLApjwTLOW
— Melanin Moor (@MelaninMoor) June 12, 2017
Whether or not Jones believes everything he says is unclear. During a divorce proceeding, his attorney said his on-camera comments are all part of an elaborate act by a “performance artist.”