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Alex Jones Releases Audio Of Megyn Kelly Assuring Him She Won’t Do A ‘Gotcha’ Story On Him

Ahead of Megyn Kelly’s televised interview with conspiracy-pusher Alex Jones, the Infowars host has made good on his threat to release audio of their talks …. sort of. He had bragged about recording the entire interview, but what he actually released was the pre-interview “wooing” phone discussion, in which Kelly sold the prospective profile to Jones. And he embedded those quotes within a 30-minute Infowars episode (which you can watch at the bottom of this post — it’s full of ranty Jones) that he dropped in the dead of night.

The audio arrives after almost no one has vocalized support for Kelly and NBC deciding to air this interview, largely because of how Jones spread a fake Sandy Hook conspiracy (that the parents of victims were paid actors, and the entire massacre was orchestrated by the feds). Newtown parents were angry that they weren’t asked to speak on the record with only Jones’ perspective being presented. As for Jones, he unleashed a bizarre rant after Kelly confronted him on the subject. The audio reveals why Jones feels blindsided because Kelly coaxed him with borderline-flattery prior to the interview.

Essentially, Kelly resolved to conduct a softball-style interview and promised not to pull a “gotcha” on Jones. She first told him that his circus act of a custody trial made her view him as a regular guy (what?), and she felt bad for how the media covered the event. Some excepts:

“The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case and I think you had a very good point about the way the media was covering it. And for some reason they treated you and your family as fair game, and they never would have done that [with a] mainstream-media figure.

“I saw a different side of you and you became very fascinating to me. Your comments during the trial just reminded me you are just like anybody and I thought that would be an interesting story to tell.”

Then Kelly promised to tell everyone who the real Alex Jones is — apparently a misunderstood creature — and she hinted at humanizing him. For real:

“It really will be about who is that guy. I’ll ask you about some of the controversy and I‘ll ask you and you can respond … If there’s one thing about me, I do what I say I am gonna do. I don’t double-cross.

“I’m not looking to portray you as some kind of boogeyman. The craziest thing of all would be if some people who have this insane version of you in their heads came away saying, ‘You know what? I see the dad in him. I see the guy who loves those kids and is more complex than we have been led to believe.'”

Well, it sounds like Kelly promised what she couldn’t deliver, and there are no winners. The resulting audio doesn’t present a good look for her fledgling program, which has already seen plummeting ratings. And her audience won’t allow her to softball Jones after letting Putin walk all over her. Despite all of the criticism, advertiser backlash, and Jones begging Kelly not to air the episode on Father’s Day, NBC has stood firm in its commitment to air Kelly’s interview on Sunday night. Have they done last-minute edits or tweaked a perspective? We may never know, but here’s the network’s statement:

Despite Alex Jones’ efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to getting this serious story right. Tune in Sunday.

We’ll find out what really happens when the full interview airs on Sunday night, 7pm EST. You can watch the Infowars episode (if you so dare) containing Kelly-Jones audio below.

(Via Alex Jones on YouTube & Variety)

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