Sunday, June 18, 2017

Megyn Kelly discovers that paranoia will destroy her

Way to go, Alex Jones! One thoroughly corrupt media icon—darling of the swamp—down, scores of others left. But if what Jones has just done to Megyn Kelly is to become the standard by which we judge these self-important nobodies, then the mainstream media has run out of rocks to hide under.
I'm looking forward to hearing the MSM, as Jones abbreviates it, try to explain this one away. But a little backstory before we begin the tale of how Jones completely dismantled Kelly and her nascent but apparently now still-born personal media empire.
Alex Jones is regarded as a far-right conspiracy theorist by many. He maintains that the atrocity of September 11, 2001 was an inside job committed by elements deep within the government to gin up a case for war, not with perpetrator Saudi Arabia but Iraq. He has said that he believes that animal-human hybrids were secretly created thirty years ago. Most infamously, he was alleged to have said that the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut were staged by the government to motivate strict gun control measures, though Jones insists that he played devil's advocate to that argument, not that he endorsed it.
The parents involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy were understandably upset and enraged and, as a result of Kelly's interview with Jones, Kelly lost her role as host of an upcoming Sandy Hook Promise charity event. As Charlie May on Salon.com notes (I read it for research purposes), "[I]t is clear that Kelly is providing Jones with a massive spotlight in her latest ploy for ratings—something she has made a career doing." And how. Ratings, we should note, that are lower than those of repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos and 60 Minutes.
In the teaser for the interview with Jones that is to air tonight (Sunday), Kelly notes that Jones is regarded as "the most paranoid man in America," and asks him if that's true. Jones is featured opining that "authoritarianism knows humanity is awakening, and it's moving against humanity on a planetary scale. The great global battle for the future of our species is being fought right now." Kelly presses him on the anger expressed at him for calling Sandy Hook a false-flag operation designed to push the gun-control agenda, to which Jones replies, "well, they don't get angry at the half-million dead Iraqis from the sanctions." Of course, Jones is heard saying about 9/11 that it was an inside job engineered by criminal elements in the government working with the Saudis to frame Iraq.
Now, say what you will about Jones' thoughts on 9/11, but he has come around with respect to the Newtown shootings. He has stated that he agrees with the families affected by Sandy Hook, the ones who demanded that MSNBC yank the interview, and on his InfoWars website, Jones alleges that Kelly only asked him about the controversy created when what he did was present both sides of the debate and did not look at the full story. "She [Kelly] makes it sound like I'm saying that Sandy Hook didn't happen," Jones balks.
This is not the discussion nor the point of this entry though, dear reader. Think what you will about Alex Jones. Personally, I think he wanders off the ranch a little too often, but that some of the ideas that Jones often stretches out into conspiracy theories are correct. Not about 9/11 nor Sandy Hook, but other things he has discussed with regard to the New World Order. That's neither here nor there. The issue is that Kelly has proven, despite all claims to be her own "reporter," to be your typical duplicitous, egomaniac media whore (yes, I did just say that), and absolutely not to be trusted.
I will repeat, it does not matter what you think about Mr. Jones. Megyn Kelly set him up for what was undoubtedly a political hit job on him. Unfortunately for her, he taped Kelly soothing him with promises that she would not engage in "gotcha" tactics nor attempt to demonize him, that all she wanted was to show another side of Alex Jones, the regular human being that is Alex Jones whenever he is away from his microphone. Good thing that Jones is a paranoid man.
Here is how Kelly kicks off her ploy, almost flirting with Jones in order to secure his agreement to be interviewed.
Kelly: "This [her show] is a news magazine program, across from 60 Minutes, and it's a good opportunity for long-form story telling. You know, it's like, not a three-minute interview, it's in-depth profiles of people. And, at the top of my list for this, was you."
Jones: [Sarcastically:] "So it's like an investigative report into fake news?"
Kelly: [Uneasily] "No. No, what we're doing?"
Jones: [Warily]: "Yeah. Come on."
Kelly: "No, no, no. The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case, and I think you had a very good point about the way the media was covering it, and for some reason treated you and your family as fair game when they never would have done that to, if you will, a mainstream media figure. I saw a different side of you, in that whole thing. You know, you just became very fascinating to me ... The comments I heard from you during the course of that trial reminded me that you're just like anybody, you're a dad and you go through the same things we go through. I thought that would be an interesting story to tell."
Later in the tape that Jones recorded, we hear Kelly assuring him that there was no reason to think that he would be ambushed as her show is "different." You can trust her, she's not like all the others.
Kelly: "You know, for lack of a better term, I'm trying to create a different kind of program. And it's fine, I'll ask you about some of the controversies, of course, and you'll say whatever you want to say, but it's not going to be some kind of 'gotcha' hit-piece, I promise you that ... I promise you, that is not what this will be. It really will be about, 'who is this guy?' My goal is for your listeners—and the Left, you know, who'll be watching MSNBC—to say, 'wow, that was very interesting.'"
Now that Kelly thinks she has Alex reeled in, especially by citing her network's progressive audience, she pretends to be the reporter he can trust, who not only wants to delve into his own deep human feelings, but that whatever controversies are discussed during the interview will not be aired without him getting to review the content first and consent to airing it.
Kelly: "All I can do is give you my word, and tell you, there's one thing about me: I do what I say I'm going to do. I don't double-cross. So, I promise you when it's over, you'll say, 'absolutely, she did what she said she was gonna do,' and you'll be fine with it. I'm not looking to portray you as some bogeyman or do any kind of a 'gotcha' moment ... 
"Of course, I'm going to do a fair interview. I'm still me. You know, I'm not going to go out there and be Barbara Walters. But, you know, you just trust me. I really just want to talk about you, you know, you, [in the context] of broadcast media as opposed to print media. [Watchers] will get to take the measure of the man, away from the studio. I know exactly what you mean, you get behind that anchor desk and there's a rush of adrenaline, and I always used to say that it's like my superhero self when I'm behind the anchor desk. But this is something different altogether, this is your chance to tell people who you are ... 
"I always say that I'm a combination of Mike Wallace, Opray Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy." 
Jones: [Laughing] I like Larry the Cable Guy, he's a good guy.
Kelly: "I love him, so that's who you'll get interviewing you. Tee-hee-hee." [Laughs]
You just trust me. I especially love that one. Talk about something that, as Prima Donna Comey would say, can be taken as a direction. That sounds like some Middle Eastern, budding jihadist cab driver, doesn't it? You just trust me. I know where I go. I get you where you want to go, you will be happy. Allahu akh ...! Oh, sorry. Heh heh. You just trust me.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the content of the tape that Jones released in the wake of the interview teaser. In so doing, Jones has proven that Kelly very much did intend to make him appear to be a bogeyman and that she did include content relating to controversies that he was not consulted on beforehand.
In the end, Kelly wanted to go after President Trump through Alex Jones. Because Jones endorsed Trump during his campaign, Mr. Trump returned the favor by appearing on his show several times before winning the Presidency. Kelly, in her Tweet written in response to the Sandy Hook charity dropping her as host, wrote that despite the goal of the interview being "to shine a light, as journalists are supposed to do, on this influential figure," she also opined that "President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many."
Let me parse this: Wink, wink. President Trump is an unstable, mentally ill conspiracy theorist himself.
Megyn Kelly was correct on one point. Alex Jones is not a mainstream sort of guy, and clearly he never will be. He loves him some conspiracy theories a little too much. But he is also a smart man and not one to be messed with. Kelly, and the entire incendiary, seditious, Trump-hating media that she is a part of, have just been served, big-time. And for that, Jones merits our gratitude.

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