He calls the Sandy Hook school shooting fake and says the parents are merely seeking attention. He espouses the kind of bitter bigotry that continues to divide America. He is regarded as one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theorist. He is Alex Jones and is reportedly counted among those in Donald Trump’s intimate circle.
Alex Jones is also despised and regarded as vile, disgusting, and the lowest of scum, by many. For theses reasons, when NBC and Megyn Kelly began advertising that Kelly would be interviewing Jones, people were not pleased.
Despite the backlash that the network and Kelly received, she has continued to stand by her decision to give Jones a platform. She even went as far as tweeting:
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 12, 2017
Now, not even Kelly’s tweets and attempts to defend the indefensible, can save her or NBC from the negative consequences of their decision to interview Alex Jones. Because money talks, J.P. Morgan Chase announced that they will be pulling their ads from Kelly’s show. Taking their protest a step further, Kristin Lemkau, J.P. Morgan’s Chief Marketing Officer, tweeted:
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
Because people were already livid with Kelly and NBC, J.P. Morgan’s announcement was much welcomed, as can be gleaned from the tweets below:
THANK YOU for taking this honorable stand.
— Abracadabra (@abracadabraNY) June 13, 2017
Very courageous move. Thank you.
— Allbizness (@TerniValentine) June 13, 2017
thank you for your principled stand & following through. not thru mob pressure, but of your own moral compass
— clothilde (@_cynar) June 13, 2017
Thank you for saying this in the press. Hopefully this piece will be pulled.
— Jennifer Baker (@jencbaker) June 12, 2017
As a human being, I’m repulsed @NBCNews would give Kelly the platform for this vile creature.
— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts) June 13, 2017
Thank you for pulling JPMorgan Chase advertising. Hope other companies join you in doing the right thing.
— Elizabeth Hoffman (@ELHoffman1) June 13, 2017
Thank you. No responsible journalist or network would do/show this. @nbc
— Portia McGonagal (@PortiaMcGonagal) June 13, 2017
Humor is always good, but the message remains the same:
damnnnnnn, lay it on ’em Bank Lady!
— OATKEEPER ? (@aaaaaaaaaaaronn) June 13, 2017
Often as an unintended positive consequence of taking a stand, the entity making a positive statement gets a return on their investment. Or, in the case of J.P. Morgan Chase, they get a return on pulling their investment:
Good for you and @chase, may actually consider opening a biz account. There is branch a block away from my NY office.
— Georgette Miller ESQ (@GeorgetteESQ) June 13, 2017
One person suggested that the company take their message a few steps further:
Best way to send a message here is to not just stop advertising with the program, but cease advertising on the entire network. And say why.
— Matt (@VolleyballerAZ) June 12, 2017
A couple of people reminded that Megyn Kelly may have changed networks, but for years she was a bird of the same feather as Alex Jones:
She’s one of them but in a different mask. That’s why.
— Jen Scouler (@jenlouise12) June 12, 2017
Shes a HACK! A pathetic HACK! I hope advertisers pull out of her show & it gets cancelled!
— Nela Knight (@nelaknight) June 13, 2017
First Putin, now Alex Jones – it looks like Megyn Kelly’s attempts to rebrand herself as something other than the Fox News employee that some say she will always be at heart, aren’t going so well for her.
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