Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has been widely criticized for her controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones less than one month into her new position as NBC News correspondent.
On Tuesday, she issued a statement addressing the criticism, much of which came from the mainstream media who see the interview with a conspiracy-peddler unprofessional.
In that interview, Jones said he has evidence the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax staged by the U.S. government to take away people’s guns. Kelly wrote in her statement that she finds Jones’ theory “personally revolting”. She posted the statement just hours after the elementary school where the shooting occurred disinvited her.
Jones is the founder of Infowars, a conspiracy website with millions of followers which was behind other conspiracy theories such as 9/11 being staged by the CIA.
Megyn Kelly’s Rapid Fall from Grace
Once a media darling for often steering from Fox News’ conservative line, Kelly sees now the main stream media turning against her. A Washington Post correspondent labeled her interview with Jones “despicable”.
Plus, a recent interview with Russia president Vladimir Putin got a cold reception in the U.S. LA Times editor Lorraine Ali described Kelly as “not a great interviewer” in the wake of the interview in Moscow. Ali would have liked to see Kelly pressure Putin into answering some question on his country’s alleged interference in the U.S. elections.
New York Newsday deemed the interview a “rough start” for the freshly-appointed NBC News’ anchor’s career.
Kelly’s fall from grace with the mainstream media come just months after the New York Times praised her for her biting interviews with Republican officials. Last year, Vanity Fair called her “the brightest start” in the Fox News firmament.
As of recently the Daily Beast called her a “rank amateur” since she hasn’t been able to master the “art of the sit-down,” while The Chicago Tribune accused her of pulling off a “callous ratings grab” with her latest interviews.
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