Megyn Kelly And The Danger Of Normalizing The Dangerously Abnormal Alex Jones
On Sunday night, former Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly tweeted that next Sunday’s broadcast of her new NBC show will feature an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a move that could dramatically expand the audience for the false and inflammatory conspiracy theories he promotes.
The news understandably outraged family members of the victims of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, because Jones repeatedly promoted conspiracy theories that the entire episode was a government hoax using paid actors to build support for gun control. As one parent of a murdered child commented on Twitter, Kelly’s interview with Jones will run on Father’s Day, when grieving fathers will be visiting their children’s graves.
For Jones, his Sandy Hook “trutherism” may have been all about ratings, but it had brutal consequences for grieving family members, first responders, and other members of a traumatized community, who have had their grief compounded by having to deal with harassment and intimidation from people who swallowed Jones’ ludicrous lies. Just last week a Florida woman was sentenced to five months in prison for making death threats against one of the parents whose children were killed in the attack.
Jones has promoted a wild array of conspiracy theories on his InfoWars radio show. PFAW’s Right Wing Watch blog has called Jones “one of the most notorious and, frankly, bizarre conspiracy theorists out there.” With good reason: Jones has also talked about the 9/11 and Oklahoma City terrorist attacks as false flag operations. Last year he called […]