Megyn Kelly could find her upcoming interview with conspiracy monger Alex Jones scooped — by Jones himself.
Amid a firestorm leading up to Sunday evenings NBC broadcast of Kellys next major interview for the network, Jones claimed he had secretly constructed his own tape of the interview — as well as talks leading up to it — and planned to release his version in advance. Jones says his tape will show the former Fox News personality sandbagged him.
Its not going to be some gotcha made piece, I promise you that, Kelly tells Jones in a recording released on Jones website, Infowars.com. All I can do is give you my word and tell you if there is one thing about me I do what I tell Im going to do and I dont double-cross.
Kelly goes on to say in one of the pre-interview records that she is a combination of Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy.
Thats what youll get in the interview a little bit of all three of those and hopefully everybody will walk away feeling like they had a good dinner nutritious, some red meat with some dessert at the end, she is heard saying.
Of course Im going to do a fair interview Im still
me Im not going to go out there and be Barbara Walters, she added.
However, Jones, in commentary interspersed throughout the recordings, accused Kelly of going back on her word.
When she got here with her crew of intelligence spies she did the opposite of what she told, Jones told viewers. And so I was recording the whole time, from our pre-interviews, right through the interviews, we have a record of it so that you can decide for yourself what I really said and what I stood for.
You alone will be the magistrate, he adds. You alone will be the jury of who is fake news.
Kelly's follow-up to her debut interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin was already immersed in controversy. By early the coming week, the network was reportedly in crisis meetings over how to respond to enraged parents of children killed in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Their criticism is that NBCs decision to send its newest starring to interview Jones infamous for having said in 2014 that Sandy Hook is synthetic, totally fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured — will only dignify the alt-right celebrity broadcaster.
I dont know what the truth is, all I know is that the official story of Sandy Hook has more holes in it than Swiss cheese, Jones afterwards said in a video he posted online in November 2016.
Lawyers representing the families of the victims of Sandy Hook say that NBC airing the interview will only dedicate more credibility to conspiracy hypothesis surrounding the tragic shooting which left 20 children and six school staffers dead.
“Airing Ms. Kelly's interview implicitly endorses the idea that Mr. Jones' lies are actually ‘claims' that are worthy of serious debate, and in doing so it exponentially enhances the agony and distress of our clients, ” lawyers Josh Koskoff and Katie Mesner-Hage wrote in a letter to NBC, according to The Associated Press.
Then, following the parental backlash, a major sponsor said it was pulling advertising dollars. J.P. Morgan Chase announced no more fund for NBC until after the Jones interview aired, or the broadcast is cancelled.
When you say mothers faked their childrens deaths, people get very angry, Kelly said in a teaser of the interview released by NBC.
I looked at all the slants of Newtown and I attained my statements long before the media even picked up on it, Jones responds.
An interview with at least one Sandy Hook parent whose infant died in the shootings will be included in NBCs report Sunday, a person familiar with the indicate told The Associated Press.
In other parts of the pre-interview records released by Jones, Kelly appears to butter up the InfoWars host after the NBC interview is agreed upon.
Im not looking to portray you as some boogie man or do any sort of a gotcha moment…the craziest thing of all would be if some of the people who have some insane version of you in their heads walk away saying You know what I insure the papa in him, I insure the guy who loves those kids and who is more complex than Ive been led to believe, Kelly tells, referencing Jones child custody trial.
In Texas, Jones recordings are protected from any possible legal action Kelly and NBC could seek, as the state has a one-party permission statute where only one person needs to agree to having recorded communications.
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