Banking and finance giant J.P. Morgan Chase pulled its advertisements Monday from NBC because of the controversy surrounding Megyn Kelly's decision to interview fringe conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Kelly was criticized roundly for the interview, which will air Sunday.
According the Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan Chase has decided to pull all of their TV and digital ads from the network until after the interview airs.
J.P. Morgan Chase's chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau, tweeted, "As an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?"
As an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and A… https://t.co/wwuUPe1kzA— Kristin Lemkau (@Kristin Lemkau) 1497266385.0
Critics say that conspiracy theorists like Jones encourage listeners to mistrust authorities to a dangerous degree based on often misleading, exaggerated, or outright false reports.
Nelba Marquez-Greene, a mother of one of the Sandy Hook victims, tweeted angrily to Megyn Kelly, saying, “Hey @megynkelly, let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not encourage his abuse.”
Hey @megynkelly , let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do n… https://t.co/0yesZWzqkE— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba Márquez-Greene) 1497230657.0
Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the horrific mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a "false flag" operation committed by the government, with actors and supposedly invented victims. Just recently a woman was arrested for sending death threats to another parent of a Sandy Hook victim and accusing him of being part of the hoax.
In a promo released for the show, Kelly challenges him on what he's said about the Newtown mass murder and calls him out for dodging the question.
"Sandy Hook is complex," he explains, "because I've had debates where we've devil's advocates said the whole story's true, and I've had debates where I've said, uh, that none of it's true."
"When you say parents faked their children's death," Kelly says, "people get very angry."
"Oh I know," he replies, "but they don't get angry about the half million dead Iraqis from our sanctions—"
"That's a dodge," she interjects.
Megyn Kelly interviews Alex Jones Sunday, June 18 at 7/6c during "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" on NBC. pic.twitter.com/dLApjwTLOW
— Melanin Moor (@MelaninMoor) June 12, 2017
"It's not a dodge," he counters, "the media doesn't cover all the evil wars—"
"It doesn't excuse what you did and said about Newtown," Kelly interrupted, "you know it."
Jones angrily denounced Kelly on his show before the interview even aired, saying, “This is pathetic. The only way I could fail was not doing it, and letting [NBC] rig it, and letting them interview me for four hours to edit it together, and then be able to show people what was really said.” He complained that they lit him poorly in order to make him appear sinister for the show.
In a highly publicized custody battle where his wife accused Jones of being an unfit father, his lawyer argued that his conspiracy persona was just a performance.