NEW YORK -- An anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School has dumped Megyn Kelly as host of an event in Washington this week because of her plans to broadcast an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Kelly said Tuesday that she understands and respects the decision by Sandy Hook Promise to disinvite her as host of its Wednesday gala, but is disappointed. She said reporting on Jones' falsehoods is what journalists are supposed to do.
on social media for its Father's Day broadcast of Kelly's interview with , who has questioned whether the killing of 26 people -- including 20 children -- in 2012 at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax. The firm JPMorgan Chase has asked that its advertisements not run on the broadcast.
"Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director. "It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview."
Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed at Sandy Hook, founded the group with Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son Daniel.
Kelly said that she found Jones' suggestion that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax "as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: How does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?"
Trump, she said, has helped elevate Jones with his attention and by granting "Infowars" press credentials to cover some White House events, she said.
On Twitter, Kelly explained it was her obligation as a journalist to "shine a light" on Jones.
The interview is the planned centerpiece of her third broadcast of the news magazine "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly."
The interview has put Kelly, whofrom earlier this year, squarely back in the headlines. She was during the presidential campaign because he was annoyed at tough questions she asked him at a debate.
The New York Daily News put the controversy over the Alex Jones interview on its front page Tuesday, with the headline "Nutwork News."
Jones, for his part, has already denounced the interview as "fake news."
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