Megyn Kelly Ensures Her Show Fails With Heavily Edited Alex Jones Hit Piece

Chris Menahan
Jun. 19, 2017

While Megyn Kelly is winning praise in the media for releasing a heavily edited hit piece on Alex Jones, she's only ensured her show's failure.

If you listened to the pre-interview Alex Jones released, Kelly said: "My goal is for your listeners and the left — you know, who will be watching some on NBC — to say, 'Wow, that's really interesting, It's not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that."

"I saw a different side of you [during your custody trial] and you became very fascinating to me," Kelly said. "Your comments during the trial just reminded me you are just like anybody and I thought that would be an interesting story to tell."

While that was probably all a lie, it would have actually produced an interesting show. Instead, despite interviewing Jones for four hours, Kelly aired only around 5 minutes of highly edited, out of context footage which was just flat out boring.

The Hill reports the ratings were a total flop:
Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with Alex Jones ended up a distant third in the network ratings race during its first half hour on Sunday night.

According to early Nielsen data, the first 30 minutes NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" was easily beaten by Fox's U.S. Open Golf Championship coverage and CBS's "60 Minutes," which is in summer repeats.

The second half-hour of Kelly's news magazine, after the Jones interview aired, fared even worse, finishing fourth in total viewers while tying ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" for third in the key 18-49 demographic networks covet most.

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.2 rating/ 5 share (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes” (R): 4.0 rating/ 9 share (#2)
NBC – “Megyn Kelly on Sunday”: 2.7/ 6 share (#3)
Fox – 2017 U.S. Open Golf Championship: 5.2/12 share (#1)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.5 rating/ 5 share (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes” (R): 4.4 rating/ 9 share (#2)
NBC – “Megyn Kelly on Sunday”: 2.4 rating/ 5 share (#4)
Fox – 2017 U.S. Open Golf Championship: 5.2 rating/12 share (#1)

Kelly's program averaged 3.5 million viewers and had a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49. The program produced the same numbers last week, which were down 42 percent since her debut three weeks ago featuring an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alex Jones' leak of their pre-interview has over 1.5 million views on YouTube:

That video was actually highly entertaining and informative. If Jones aired it during Kelly's time slot on national television, it probably would have gotten 5 times the viewership.

While that would never happen as the MSM is purely agenda-driven propaganda, at some point the media is going to have to give a platform to Jones and others or else they're just going to become irrelevant and continue losing their influence over young people.

If you're under 40, there's no real reason to watch TV outside of live sports. Pretty much everything is uploaded to YouTube these days and it's easier to watch on your own schedule.

Producing highly edited hit pieces is not going to attract an audience. If Megyn Kelly tried something different, such as an hour long, lightly edited, tough but also multifaceted interview with Jones it would have been interesting and entertaining and she could have actually built an audience. Instead, she caved under pressure and did everything the old media demanded.

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