NBC’s Megyn Kelly should be ashamed for giving a platform to the man who deemed the Sandy Hook massacre a “hoax,” said families of kids and faculty slaughtered almost five years ago in Newtown, Conn.
The Fox News defector’s reveal that she’d air a Father’s Day interview with Infowars conspiracist Alex Jones drew a torrent of outrage from the Sandy Hook Elementary School community, where Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six staffers on Dec. 14, 2012.
“America promised on 12/14 to never forget,” Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana Grace was murdered, told the Daily News. “Having Alex Jones on NBC on Father’s Day is not ‘never forgetting’ — and it’s promoting the wrong thing.”
The tangible consequences of Jones appearing on national TV include an uptick of “threats to us, threats to our families, suggestions that we’re not real people, that we’re crisis actors,” she said, calling those attacks “incredibly painful.”
“It doesn’t even seem like (Kelly) was willing to acknowledge the damage it does to us,” said the grieving 42-year-old mom.
Márquez-Greene added it was “incredibly difficult” to explain to her son, Isaiah, not only why his sister was gone — but “that we live in a planet where someone who says these kinds of things is given a platform.”
“I would love to talk to Ms. Kelly either on or off air,” she said. “I would love equal time on her show for those of us who have experienced the real implications of being a part of a mass shooting.”
Teacher Abbey Clements, a survivor of the mass shooting who now works at a different Newtown elementary school, said she was “utterly disgusted” and wanted NBC to ax the Jones interview.
“Interviewing him on a mainstream news program is legitimizing his message,” Clements, 48, told The News. “His message is not even conservative — what he says is pure evil, because it incites hate toward people who have been through the worst experience that anyone can even imagine.”
“How can they put somebody out there who says what he says?” she added. “It’s literally like a punch in the gut to everybody in my town, everybody who’s been affected by gun violence.”
Kelly, who kicked off her Sunday newsmagazine show earlier this month, has defended the interview with the fact that President Trump has “been on & praises” Jones’ show, which also posits that 9/11 was an inside job.
“He’s giving Infowars a WH press credential,” the anchor tweeted Sunday. “Many don’t know (Jones); our job is 2 shine a light.”
An excerpt from their surreal pre-taped sit-down has Jones claiming he had “looked at all the angles of Newtown and … made my statements long before the media even picked up on it.”
“We didn’t get any of the really important stuff,” he adds, abruptly changing the subject. “Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids. Isn’t that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?”
An NBC News spokesperson did not immediately return The News’ request for comment.
Kelly’s justifications notwithstanding, criticism from Sandy Hook families continued to pile up.
“This piece of actual garbage encourages people to call my mom’s death a hoax and harass other Sandy Hook families. Shame on you @megynkelly,” tweeted Cristina Hassinger, the daughter of slain principal Dawn Hochsprung.
The family of late teacher Vicki Soto, in a fiery open letter to Kelly and NBC, said its “pain is not for ratings and entertainment.”
“Alex and his followers have done nothing but make our lives a living hell for the last 4 1/2 years … You should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing this behavior,” the letter read.
“One day we hope your conscience kicks in and you realize that there are real people on the other side of the tv screens watching you praise a man who has made our lives a living hell. We hope you never have to endure what we have at the hands of that man.”