None of us know exactly what to expect from Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones, which airs on Sunday night, except that we wish that Kelly hadn’t done it. But Alex Jones, based on the actual interview he had with Kelly, expects a “hit job,” which I suspect means that the interview didn’t come out the way that Jones would have liked.
Jones is thus angry, so ahead of the interview, Jones released his entire pre-interview phone call with Megyn Kelly. What does it prove? I’m not sure exactly. I’ve listened to the entire thing, and it mostly sounds like Megyn Kelly is trying to butter Jones up in order to get him to agree to the interview. She promises it’s not going to be a piece about fake news. She promises it won’t be a “a-ha!” or “gotcha” interview. “I’m not looking to portray you as some boogeyman,” she told him. I want people to see “the Dad in you.” She also expresses sympathy for the way the media treated Jones during this custody hearing, which I guess is another attempt to butter him up. She further insists that she’s not going to “double cross” Jones, though that appears to be exactly what she does (at least, that’s the impression that Jones gives).
Of course, Jones is guilty of the same flattery. In the pre-interview, he’s somewhat skeptical of Kelly’s motives, but expresses a fondness for her and an appreciation for her willingness to provide him a platform to humanize himself. He also insists that much of what he says is “satire. I don’t really believe what I am saying,” Jones tells Kelly.
Kelly also does tell Jones that before she puts any of Jones’ clips into the interview, she’ll allow a producer to run them by Jones for approval, which is ethically dubious to say the least, if that’s something she actually followed through on.
Kelly also says that she’s trying to reinvent herself now, and sees herself as someone who is a cross between Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and … Larry the Cable Guy. “I love Larry the Cable Guy,” she tells Alex Jones.
And that, folks, is just another reason to dislike Megyn Kelly, regardless of how hard she ultimately goes after Jones in the interview.
Look: If Kelly actually followed through on all of her promises to Jones, then she’s a very bad journalist. If she double crossed Jones, then she lied to get an interview under false pretenses, which also makes her a bad journalist. She’s a bad journo, either way. And Alex Jones is a bad man. There’s nothing good coming out of this interview.