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Sandy Hook Promise petitions to stop NBC from airing interview

19 June 2017, 02:31 | Erma Lawrence

REUTERS Kevin Lamarque The image features news anchor Megyn Kelly

REUTERS  Kevin Lamarque The image features news anchor Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly's new NBC has gained more backlash than expected after news of Megyn interviewing Alex Jones on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly began to go viral when the below interview snippet was released, as reported by the Inquisitr.

In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".

Jones is known for questioning the authenticity of the 2012 mass shooting that killed 26 people - mostly children - at an elementary school, and calling the 9/11 attacks an "inside job".

Megyn Kelly started her Sunday night show acknowledging the controversy surrounding her previously-taped interview with Infowars' Alex Jones.

The Info Wars radio host has repeatedly dismissed the massacre as a hoax, sparking outrage from victims' families.

The Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun violence organization, was founded by Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden. Jones is now claiming that Kelly lied about the nature of the interview, adding to an already chaotic week for NBC.

"Here's the thing, Alex Jones isn't going away", Kelly said in her intro to the report, noting that his sphere of influence has grown since attracting the support of President Trump in 2015. Jones, who agreed to the interview but has since demanded the segment not air, leaked audio of the surreptitiously recorded calls on YouTube and in an apparent effort to hold Kelly to her promise of a softer approach.

Jones denounced the interview, accusing Kelly of misrepresenting his take on Sandy Hook.

Kelly says she believes there's value in exposing what Jones says to the American people.

NBC Connecticut will include a report on the interview at 11 p.m. E.T. Sunday, according to the Courant, and the Alex Jones interview will be available to watch on NBC's website.

Jones has said he believes the report will be a "fraud".

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