Megyn Kelly is less than one month into her new role at NBC News, and much of the glowing national media coverage that she enjoyed as a star at Fox News has suddenly dimmed.
On Tuesday, Kelly released a statement responding to critics, many of them in the media, who disapproved of her upcoming interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
"I find Alex Jones' suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person," Kelly said in the statement, which came hours after organizers for a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting memorial disinvited her from the event.
Jones is a radio and Internet personality with millions of fans who has promoted conspiracy theories related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which he has said was put on by "actors."
Though Kelly had become a darling of the mainstream press as a Fox News personality who often veered from the network's conservative brand, the Jones incident is just the latest example of how coverage of her work isn't as sunny as it once was.
"The signs about Megyn Kelly's one-on-one NBC interview with the despicable conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been bad from the start," wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan on Tuesday.
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