Megyn Kelly (Credit: AP/Chris Pizzello)
A day after Megyn Kelly’s hotly debated interview with Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones finally aired, I am of two minds about the whole business.
Kelly’s performance exceeded expectations, mine included. Unlike her NBC News colleagues, however, or New York Post columnist John Podhoretz, I’m not ready to give her a cookie just yet. That’s because Kelly did what any decent interviewer is supposed to do, in that she did not let Alex Jones get away with using the deaths of children in mass murder events committed by unhinged perpetrators as tools of brand expansion.
Then again, while a number of reasonable, previously skeptical viewers may be impressed with the way the host acquitted herself, there’s no question that Kelly also bolstered Jones’ profile while not necessarily doing much to elevate hers.
The week leading up to the Kelly-Jones face-off yielded a multifaceted debate on journalism’s role in situations that require an interviewer to air a conversation with an odious person. Jones is a wing nut who has built a multimillion-dollar media enterprise on perpetuating baseless and outrageous claims about news reports, with the topmost among them being his claim that …read more
Source:: Salon – Entertainment