A nonprofit organized by some of the parents of the Newtown school shooting victims has dropped NBC host Megyn Kelly as the featured speaker for the Sandy Hook Promise annual fund-raiser in Washington.
On Sunday, Kelly plans to feature an interview with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist at the Infowars website who has called the murders of 20 children and six staffers inside an elementary school by Adam Lanza on Dec. 14, 2012, a hoax.
In a statement, Nicole Hockley, the co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, said Kelly and the nonprofit have mutually agreed that she will not appear at the Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday.
“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” Hockley said in a statement posted on its website.
Hockley and other parents who lost children in the horrific massacre have already urged Kelly not to give Jones a national platform for his conspiracy views.
“It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview,’’ Hockley said.
Kelly has posted a preview of her interview with Jones scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” where she challenges him on his views about the Sandy Hook massacre.
Kelly: “When you say parents faked their children’s deaths, people get very angry.”
Jones: “Oh, I know, but they don’t get mad about the half million dead Iraqis . . .”
Kelly: “That’s a dodge.”
Jones: “No, it’s not a dodge. The media never covers all the evil wars they promoted.”
Kelly: “That doesn’t excuse what you did and said about Newtown, and you know it.”
The snippet ends with Jones complaining that Kelly did not let him talk about the “human animal hybrids” that were created 30 years ago.
Kelly has defended interviewing Jones, writing on Twitter that “our job is 2 shine a light.”
Monday, Jones joined calls for his interview not to be aired, but for a different reason: He claims Kelly misrepresented his views on the massacre.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.