Sean P. Anderson
The local NBC station that serves Newtown Connecticut, the town devastated by the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will not be airing this week's edition of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” This is the latest fallout from Kelly's interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, which is the featured segment in that episode.
Jones has, in the past, pushed the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting was a “false flag operation” using “professional crisis actors” to help push anti-gun legislation. In the preview clips of the segment that have been released, Kelly asks Jones about the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory.
TVNewser obtained the memo sent to employees of WVIT, the NBC station for the Hartford-New Haven market, which reads as follows:
Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal.
Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on NBCNews.com.
Thank you for voicing your concerns and feelings.
Per a closed caption search, WVIT has not aired any references to Jones, Kelly, or Sandy Hook since a Thursday evening story on the shootings and the fallout from the impending “Sunday Night” piece. While network affiliates preempting national programming over content objections is not uncommon, WVIT is an NBC owned and operated station, not an affiliate.