Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly drew quite a bit of controversy after her tiff with then candidate Trump. The two had issues while Kelly was still at Fox, however, it seemed to have a direct coalition to her moving her career residency over to MSNBC as soon as she got the chance.
People have been waiting patiently, ever since, to see what Kelly will do at the much more liberal network. While Kelly has been far from a die hard conservative, she was still a fixture at the much more balanced news network for years.
Her interview with Vladimir Putin was especially anticipated, and a bit of a letdown when it aired:
This time, Kelly decided to step out of the box a little and interview Info Wars’, Alex Jones.
In a video promoting the interview, [Alex] Jones talks about the 9/11 attacks as an “inside job.” In the clip, Kelly also brings up Sandy Hook, saying: “When you say parents faked their children’s deaths, people get very angry.” Jones replies: “But they don’t get angry about half-a-million dead Iraqis from the sanctions.”
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017
It’s kind of confusing and unclear as to what the objective was going to be; is she trying to make fun of him, or is she trying to bait her conservatives from Fox News back in by giving the hyper-conservative a voice? It doesn’t really make sense from a career trajectory standpoint what is going on here.
Whatever it was, the advertisers are not a fan:
(Zerohedge) And now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, J.P. Morgan has asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from Kelly’s show and from all NBC news programming until after the show airs, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The company doesn’t want any of its ads to appear adjacent to any promotions for the interview, the person added.
This comes hours after Kristin Lemkau, J.P. Morgan’s chief marketing officer, questioned why Ms. Kelly would conduct the interview.
Personally, I consider myself to be pretty conservative, but even I think Mr. Jones could tone it down a little. I don’t blame the guy for asking the questions, and I don’t particularly think that human nature is above doing what he’s accusing people of, he just tends to go off half-cocked, quite a bit.
Considering the controversy surrounding this interview, I think I’m not the only one who looks at it this way. I’m pretty sure the liberals out there just consider him an all out crackpot, but then they probably consider all of us to be that.
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
(Zerohedge) On his radio program Monday, Jones said that he thinks Sandy Hook happened, or at least that children died, though there are anomalies about the event. However, he said that was edited from the NBC promotion. “I’m tired of being misrepresented,” Jones said and added that he demanded Kelly’s “hit piece” not air on Father’s Day.
WSJ reports that other NBC advertisers have stayed mum on the planned episode, at least publicly.
Well everybody is probably a little bit skeptical that the piece will even run. Yes, editing can be a creative tool to basically make anyone say anything that you want, but between Kelly’s fragile reputation and Jones’ loud objecting this kind of feels like a hail mary for Kelly’s show, and I’m not sure it’s going to work for her.
She tried to pitch it down the middle and both sides seem to be disgusted.