NBC's broadcast of a much-scrutinized episode of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which led with a segment about controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, appeared to run with fewer than the usual amount of commercials that typically accompany a first-run program.
The interview with Jones, who founded the website Infowars, took up roughly a third of Kelly's newsmagazine show. The fringe element that Jones represents needs to be understood, which isn't the same as needing to be condoned.
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview was trounced. There were still many on both sides of the aisle who refused to watch the interview or saw the interview itself as reckless, but others praised Kelly for exposing Jones to the world. She challenged Jones, whose Infowars radio show and multimedia platform draws millions of followers, on some of his wildest and most risky assertions, including his statements that the 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school was an elaborate hoax.
Setting the cautionary aspects of dealing with such a personality aside, "Sunday Night" can only be judged by what made it onto the screen, which began with Kelly promising to "confront [Jones] on his notorious lie about the Sandy Hook massacre". In the conversation, Kelly was heard promising she would not portray him as "some kind of boogeyman".
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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 risky". 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.
60 Minutes beat Kelly in overall audience, delivering 5.31 million viewers. The main test, which the segment passed, was whether "Sunday Night" articulated a tough enough case and cross-examination to demonstrate that this was a legitimate topic - even at the risk of providing Infowars wider mainstream exposure. Kelly asked him. "If you haven't ascertained the veracity of that article, and it's all B.S. and you spend two hours talking about it, then it's all just misinformation".
Kelly, who gained prominence as an anchor at Fox News, joined NBC this year.