NBC to Air Jones Talk Despite Newtown Families’ Threat

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NBC News vowed today to go ahead with Megyn Kelly’s report on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Sunday, despite his “efforts to distract and ultimately prevent” its airing, the Associated Press reports. The network said that it remains “committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to getting this serious story right.” Jones said he believed the story will be a “fraud” and said he would release an unedited version of the interview that he recorded. Meanwhile, parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre urged NBC not to give him airtime because he’s theorized the shooting could be a hoax.

Jones’ website, Infowars.com, touted the availability of the unedited interview, but it was not online as of this morning. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack told AP that the story on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” will be edited with the sensitivity of its critics in mind. Several families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting threatened legal action against NBC if it airs the interview, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a letter to NBC, a law firm representing the families says the network is inflicting harm on them by presenting the views of Jones even though the network knows they are false.

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