On Thursday, The View hosts were split over Megyn Kelly‘s soon-to-be-aired interview with controversial commentator Alex Jones. Joy Behar and Jedediah Bila both thought Jones was an “awful” figure, but one still worth interviewing. Sunny Hostin, on the other hand, criticized Kelly’s decision to interview him.
Whoopi Goldberg introduced the Kelly/Jones subject and pointed out that “the New York Times interviewed him recently. He was booked here at one point at The View; but then, he canceled, and he’s not going to be rescheduled.”
Goldberg continued by wondering, “Is Megyn right when she says, you know, you can’t just interview the good guys? She wants to expose the garbage being spewed by a guy who has the President’s ear. Is there value to that?”
Behar replied, in part, by spotlighting how Jones “went after the families in Newtown…that was a big sin.” She soon added, “So, you know, if the President listens to him, I would like to listen to him, too. I want to hear what this idiot has to say, so that I can go after him….Now, I hope that Megyn does that, because he deserves to be vilified and attacked on the air.”
Hostin countered, “I’m just not so sure about that. I mean, you know, Anderson Cooper has spearheaded this ‘no notoriety’ campaign, where he won’t say the names of killers. He won’t give them the exposure that they want.”
The attorney then contended, “This is a nasty man that has harassed the parents of dead children. I don’t think you give him a platform to more than the six million people that already follow him….why give him the notoriety that he obviously craves?”
Bila interjected, “Well, the thing is, he already has that.” After a short period of cross talk between the hosts, Bila expanded on her point.
“Her [Kelly’s] job as a journalist — I mean, she interviewed Vladimir Putin, and he’s a horror….I think Alex Jones is disgusting. I think the things he says are awful….With that being said, he does have the ear of the President, and he has six million people that listen to him. And I would like people out there to know that there is a segment of the population that’s drawn to this…I would like him to be exposed. And you know what? He wanted this interview pulled, and I find that really interesting. Why did he want it pulled? Was he not happy with the editing? I don’t know how she’s going to conduct the interview, but I think if we wind up saying that journalists can only interview good people, we’re missing out.”
Goldberg retorted, “I don’t think that’s what anybody is saying. I think people are saying there are certain things that are sacred; and when somebody pretends that a massacre of children didn’t happen to the faces of the parents; where you disrespect them; I think people have a right to say, ‘Now, wait a minute.'”
You can watch the full segment above, via ABC.
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