With the ink barely dry on stories surrounding her unceremonious dumping as host of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Gala, Megan Kelly has managed to hop from the frying pan into the fire. And this one is a bad, bad look.The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation announced it was removing Kelly from her role as host of the fundraising gala because of a sit-down interview she’d granted to Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist behind Info Wars and a man who is on record saying he believes the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that left 28 dead is a hoax.
At least one big time NBC advertiser (Kelly works for NBC News), JPMorgan Chase has announced it is pulling ads from the network, both national, local and online, and speculation is swirling that others are soon to follow.
To solidify its position, Kristin Lemkau, Chief Marketing Officer for Chase, tweeted the following:
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
The story does not end here.
Now even Alex Jones himself –the very source of the controversy– is calling Kelly a backstabber and a liar and doesn’t want his own interview aired!According to Salon.com Jones wants nothing to do with it or her:
“What does the bank J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. have in common with right-wing extremist Alex Jones? Neither are particularly keen on Jones’ upcoming interview on NBC News’ “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.”…Jones also took the opportunity to denounce Kelly during his broadcast on Monday.
“Megyn Kelly lied to me several weeks before she came here. And she said that the interview was not gonna be about Sandy Hook and the mass shooting there,” Jones said. “And it was not gonna be about Pizzagate and these other issues that the media always obsesses on and misrepresents what I’ve said and what I’ve done.”
Jones then says that, although he knew the interview with Kelly would be unfair to him, he went ahead with it anyway because he “wanted to get the anatomy of a true psy-op.” He then accused Kelly’s interview of being “propaganda” because she interrogated him about his views on the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and other issues, arguing that they “clip and misrepresent” his positions. In Jones’ telling, Kelly’s goal is to “destroy independent media.”
The right-wing pundit then proclaimed that he doesn’t want the Kelly interview to air on Father’s Day, arguing that part of their goal is to “make fathers look bad” by disparaging him.”
For her part, Kelly tweeted this statement:
Here is my statement regarding Sunday night’s interview: pic.twitter.com/iS2VfyLt6S
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 13, 2017
Perhaps that saying about publicity is true: The only bad publicity is NO publicity.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]