Activist Writes Open Letter To Megyn Kelly, Mom To Mom

Alex Jones' time in the NBC spotlight isn't sitting well with some parents.

Activist Shannon Watts is making a simple plea to Megyn Kelly: don't make far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones more famous than he already is.

Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, posted a heartfelt plea to Kelly on Refinery29 asking the former Fox News host to abandon her plans to air an interview with Alex Jones, the well-known conspiracy theorist. Jones, who has been quoted suggesting that that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook parents were actors, is set to appear on her new NBC show Sunday night. 

"Alex Jones is an infamous liar who makes a living preying on the pain of others," Watts wrote. "His words have consequences. Alex Jones's followers harass the families of mass shooting victims online and in-person."

Watts isn't the only one speaking out against the interview.

Parents of children who were killed in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting have also criticized Kelly. Neiba Marquez-Greene, whose 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was killed, took her objections to Twitter.



The controversy around the interview has gotten so bad that at least one top advertiser for the show, JP Morgan, has proactively pulled its commercials from NBC to make sure it isn't associated with promotions for the interview. 

In response to the controversy, Kelly uploaded a measured statement to Twitter, stressing her role as journalist and the need to discuss "the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity."

Watts' appeal to Kelly addressed her as a journalist as well.

"As a journalist, it is incumbent on you to report the facts — and to look at all sides of the issues affecting our country today," Watts wrote. "As an American, you have an obligation to ensure your audience isn't misled by the opinions of a madman. As a mom, you must take care that your actions don't cause additional suffering to grieving parents who already have a load too big to bear."

For now, it appears Kelly and NBC are going to hunker down through the storm.

Cover photos: Shutterstock / Belltreephotograph, Ovidiu Hrubaru

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