J.P. Morgan Chase Reportedly Pulls NBC Ads Over Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview
By Ed Mazza
NBC News is reportedly under pressure from at least one major advertiser over the upcoming Megyn Kelly interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kelly’s show, until after the interview airs Sunday night.
Citing an unnamed source, the Journal said that “the company doesn’t want any of its ads to appear adjacent to any promotions for the interview.”
The decision came shortly after Kristin Lemkau, the company’s chief marketing officer, fired off a tweet criticizing the interview:
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? https://t.co/luwyCwP7Ti
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
An excerpt of the interview released Sunday led to swift backlash on social media, including the rise of the #shameonNBC hashtag on Twitter.
Some criticized the interview, while others went further and called for a boycott of Kelly’s show and even the network itself for giving airtime to Jones. He has repeatedly claimed that 9/11 was an “inside job” and said that the parents of the 20 students murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were actors and that their children’s deaths and the deaths of six adults at the school were faked.
Kelly left Fox News early this year, with NBC announcing her addition to its news team with great fanfare. “Today” anchor Matt Lauer gushed that […]