Social media is currently rife with outrage and indignation at the imminent broadcast of Megyn Kelly’s interview of conspiracy nut Alex Jones on NBC this coming Sunday, June 18th. Aside from choosing Father’s Day for its air date; a wholly inappropriate choice to air an interview with a despicable denier of the murders of 20 children in December 2012 in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the interview itself being put out there is not necessarily the bad thing people are fearing it to be. There is another way to look at this situation. With the recent news of Jones receiving a coveted White House Press pass, President Donald Trump and The White House itself elevated Jones and InfoWars to the forefront of current events, making him and his alt-right news show newsworthy. Jones has already enjoyed a mainstream media infusion of newsworthiness during Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, as well as shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting when Piers Morgan interviewed Jones on the subject of gun control on CNN. The evil genie had already been uncorked well before Megyn Kelly’s interview, and influenced millions of 2A supporters, fearful of losing some or all of their gun rights. This is when Alex Jones gained his greatest rise to popularity, which was well before he publicly labeled the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax. Since that time, his massive following has grown to include the worst society has to offer; the lowly hoaxer. No longer was his audience just a collection of preppers, but now included conspiracy theorists and gun extremists who feared the government was coming for their second amendment rights. His consumer base changed, and with that change, Jones had to adapt his message to keep them happy and coming back for more.
Despite his long established anti-government and tyranny busting ideology, Jones hadn’t actually suggested that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax. Even Jones seemed to have an aversion to exploiting such a horrific tragedy involving young children. Sometime later, however, his listeners began expressing their hoax views to Jones and his show. Emboldened by hoaxer figures on the internet, Jones’ listeners drew their agenda clearly and made their desire to delve into hoax theories no longer ignorable. Jones’ response was to give his audience what they wanted, but that response was short lived after Hillary Clinton exposed his despicable narrative to the mainstream public during her Presidential campaign. Clinton’s motive for citing Jones was in an effort to disgrace and tarnish her opponent, Donald Trump, for his support and praise of Jones. Shorty afterward, Jones began asserting that he never said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, despite mounds of video evidence to the contrary. One can only speculate what could have moved Jones to reverse himself on Sandy Hook, against the deep-seated ideology of his consumer base. Could it be that Donald Trump got leaned on by the Republican Party for how bad his association with Jones made them all look, so in turn, Trump leaned on Jones to renounce the Sandy Hook was a hoax narrative? We can’t know for sure, but it looks rather suspicious with timing.
The general point here is how mainstream societal disgust and outrage forced a change of stance. Subsequently, there was an immediate backlash against Jones by his flock. Jones now found himself in a quandary. Renouncing the hoax narrative cost him his following and financial bottom line. However, pushing the hoax narrative lost him the support and favor of the President. Jones chose to deal with the dilemma by half-heartedly giving each side a little bit of what they needed to hear while avoiding completely committing his position to either side absolutely. Similarly, faced with a court custody battle for his kids with his ex-wife, he found himself having to convince the judge that his outrageous on-air antics were just an act; a persona for the sake of his art. When his followers became disturbed by his admission of fakeness for the sake of maintaining a persona, Jones denied that any of it was fake. All of this speaks to why Megyn Kelly’s interview of Jones on the world stage may be a blessing rather than a curse. By stepping out into the public stage, Jones will be forced to choose a stance. Whichever stance he chooses, he will lose something to his choice. He will then backpedal and contradict himself in order to stay above hot water. Everyone will see through him when that pattern becomes obvious. Consequently, he will lose whatever warped credibility he currently holds. He’s painted himself into that corner and now cannot avoid the inevitable.
Speaking of inevitable, the mainstream media will report on that which is currently newsworthy, because that’s their job and how they make their living. As stated above, the recent news of Jones receiving a White House Press pass through President Donald Trump himself has elevated Jones and InfoWars to the forefront of current events, making him and his alt-right news show newsworthy. Megyn Kelly is simply a journalist, not an advocate for Alex Jones. She’s doing her job by interviewing him, not elevating him. She’s exposing him, much like Hillary Clinton did. Interviewing Jones will show the world how insane he acts and how ridiculous his subject matter is. His reputation was already plummeting as a result of the chain of events mentioned, and his mismanagement of them. People like Megyn Kelly giving him a stage is akin to giving him the rope with which to hang himself. There’s a reason his brand of lunacy existed underground for so long. It’s because the lunatic fringe finds itself unwelcome in mainstream society. We should strive to expose the stupidity. There is no gain to be had in demonizing and berating journalists for doing their job. Context is key and maintaining the status quo by denying Jones a public platform with which to make a mockery of himself will not make the hoaxers go away or stop their abusive behavior toward Sandy Hook families. By inundating the internet with indignant protest, in essence, the net effect will be to drive viewers to the sideshow. Perhaps Megyn Kelly and NBC already knew this and engineered it to happen; or at the very least, hoped it would.