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Megyn Kelly on Alex Jones Blowback: ‘As Journalists, We Don’t Get to Interview Only the Good Guys’

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Megyn Kelly spoke with The New York TimesJim Rutenberg to once again defend her decision to interview Alex Jones as the outcry and pressure on NBC continues.

Kelly was dropped from a Sandy Hook group’s event, JPMorgan Chase asked for their ads to be pulled from NBC, and there has reportedly been internal chaos at NBC over all of this.

In the interview with Rutenberg, Kelly said, “Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.”

Her position is that Jones’ bigger profile warrants a closer inspection of who he is and what he is telling his followers:

Mr. Jones, she noted, has found new prominence in the Trump era. He’s gaining in popularity and, perhaps more important, has back-channel communications with the president of the United States, who has been known to espouse some of his theories.

“As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,” Ms. Kelly said. “It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.”

Kelly did also note to Rutenberg that there wasn’t this kind of backlash when others before her––including Rutenberg himself––spoke with Jones.

She also had this to say in response to the uproar over that photo of her and Jones looking chummy:

“I don’t know if people know how journalism works, but you don’t show up, scowl at the subject of your interview all day, cross your arms and try to project as frosty an image as you can.”

Kelly’s interview with Jones is still set for this coming Sunday at 7 pm ET.

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