NEWTOWN, Conn. — NBC News is scrambling to put out the firestorm surrounding Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones after outraged Sandy Hook families slammed the network for giving a platform to the conspiracy theorist who claims the mass killing at the Newtown elementary school was a hoax.
Do you plan to watch the Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones on "Sunday Night" on NBC?
Yes, i'm curious after all the controversy
No, I'm not interested in his point of view
I'm not sure — I've never heard of this show before
Kelly has "completely overhauled" the Jones interview, scheduled to be broadcast on her show "Sunday Night," and invited Sandy Hook families to take part, Page Six reported.
Kelly and other NBC staffers reached out to Sandy Hook families to appear on the show to describe how Jones' beliefs have caused them "immense pain," Page Six said.
Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was one of 20 first-graders slain in the December 2012 massacre, has agreed to be interviewed for the show, Page Six said.
But several other Sandy Hook families are threatening legal action against NBC if it airs the interview with the "InfoWars" host, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A law firm representing the families says NBC is inflicting harm on them by presenting the Jones' views even though the network knows they are false, the LA Time said.
Nicole Hockley, a Sandy Hook parent, sent a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack requesting that the interview not be broadcast.
She is co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, a Newtown-based gun violence prevention organization. The group also fired Kelly as the emcee for its annual Promise Champions Gala, which was held Wednesday in Washington.
"That Jones could posit that what happened in Newtown was a hoax is beyond reprehensible; it is indefensible. It dishonors the lives of the 20 children and six adults who died on Dec. 14, 2012. The exposure that Jones will receive as a result of the broadcast will enrich him further and invigorate him and his supporters," Hockley said.
"There is undeniable evidence that whenever conspiracy theorists are given a platform or voice, it bolsters them."
Some of the hoaxers become dangerous, harassing families of victims, and sending hate mail and death threats, she said.
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