In the past, Jones has claimed that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.” He also said the parents of the 20 students murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were actors and the deaths of the children as well as six school employees were all faked.
Kelly was criticized on social media for what some saw as an attempt to normalize Jones and his outlandish and untrue claims. She defended herself by saying President Donald Trump had praised Jones and appeared on his show. She also noted that Jones’ InfoWars was given credibility when the site received White House press credentials.
“Many don’t know him; our job is 2 shine a light,” she wrote.
But that didn’t slow the outrage. Some viewers even called for a boycott of the network over the upcoming interview. Here’s a sampling:
— John Glueck (@john_glueck) June 12, 2017
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 12, 2017
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 12, 2017
— D. Fitz Allgood (@FitzAllgoodlife) June 12, 2017
Say their names, Megyn. pic.twitter.com/JelZAobkFp
— Laura in the Bardo (@lauratron1000) June 12, 2017
Sandy Hook & Aurora families have gone through enough without giving him a platform to spew his filth. This is sickening. #ShameOnNBC
— Emily Yates (@emryates) June 12, 2017
Since Alex Jones is a self admitted "Performance Artist" what possible motivation is there to allow him to perform for you #ShameonNBC
— Anappleaday (@N_appleaday) June 12, 2017
Megyn, you're a mom. Think of the pain you're elevating by giving that performance artist airtime. Choose empathy over ratings. #ShameOnNBC
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) June 12, 2017
Alex Jones doesn't deserve one second of air time. What a horrible lack of respect to the families of Sandy Hook. @NBCNews
— M. Ejample (@bnelvr) June 12, 2017
Megyn Kelly did this to gain ratings for a new show at the expense of grieving families. #ShameOnNBC, Jones and Kelly.
— Tina-TheResistance (@trcfwtt) June 12, 2017
Sickening that Alex Jones is going to get a primetime spot on national TV next week to spew the nonsense that has hindered the lives of ppl
— Dakota Schmidt (@Dakota_Schmidt) June 12, 2017
There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar), particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no parent, no person watches this https://t.co/nSt1MGGM2U?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 12, 2017
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 12, 2017
— Heather Whaley (@HeatherWhaley) June 12, 2017
— Intellitexan (@IntelliTexan) June 12, 2017
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 12, 2017
— Rokey (@rokeypdx) June 12, 2017
Week 1 NBC's Megyn Kelly normalizes Vladimir Putin.
Week 2 she normalizes Alex Jones.
Can't wait for the Week 3 normalization of David Duke!
— Sean Corcoran (@seacorc) June 12, 2017
For sure, after what he's done Alex Jones should be shunned not given a wider platform...imagine being those poor parents. Sickening.
— Seano (@SeanBradbery) June 12, 2017
If you're going to interview Alex Jones, to keep things fair you also have to interview someone who wasn't successfully sued by yogurt.
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) June 12, 2017
— Leslie (@lgeorge1025) June 12, 2017
Any story about Alex Jones should give equal time to victims and address his body count, including the people in prison bc they believed him
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) June 12, 2017
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.