Megyn Kelly’s decision to interview Infowars host and conspiracy theory-loving asshole Alex Jones on her new NBC News show is continuing to look like a huge mistake—mostly due to the fact that Jones has spent years maintaining that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. Earlier this week, as family members of Sandy Hook victims were denouncing Kelly and advertisers began pulling out of her show, Jones himself declared that NBC should cancel the airing of the interview because Kelly was “misrepresenting” his views on Sandy Hook. At the time, Jones was making it look like he was taking a moral stand and defending his right not to have his words misconstrued in an interview, but as he does with everything, Jones has now (metaphorically) ripped off his shirt and taken a dive straight into the deep end.
Tonight, Infowars released a clip of audio that’s apparently from a pre-interview conversation between Kelly and Jones in which she says that he’ll be treated fairly and that it won’t be a “contentious, sort of ‘gotcha’ exchange.” The clip then switches over to Jones, who suggests that he secretly recorded his entire conversation with Kelly because he “knew that it was a fraud” and that she would lie about him when the actual segment aired on NBC. Jones also tries to turn the whole thing into an ego boost, claiming that Kelly was “obsessed” with him and that speaking with her was “worse than in college in a topless bar when women try to get you to pay for a dance.” He’s now threatening to release the full audio of Kelly’s interview, believing that it will prove that she took his words out of context and that he’s not really as unhinged as she’ll probably make him look.
NBC is still planning to air the interview on Kelly’s show this Sunday, but hopefully the network is starting to realize why you shouldn’t give airtime to guys like Alex Jones.