An interview is not an endorsement

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Apparently Megyn Kelly has done an interview with InfoWars.com’s Alex Jones.

And some people are really angry about it.

They’re demanding that the interview not air and are threatening boycotts if it does.

It looks like NBC might cave and pull the interview. For all I know, they already have.

Now, I’m not apologist for Alex Jones.

He kind of irks me.

In 2015 when CNBC hosted a Republican debate, they wouldn’t permit livestreaming unless you were a cable subscriber.

So the only way I could watch it was from InfoWars.com’s livestream.

Good grief, Alex Jones never shut up. I barely got to hear the debate at all because of his running commentary.

The only thing I watch from InfoWars is Paul Joseph Watson. I love that guy.

So, no. I’m not a fan of Alex Jones.

But I’d watch an interview with him because I think it would be fascinating. Even with someone like Megyn Kelly conducting it.

Let’s be honest. Alex Jones is an influential public figure.

Sure, he does tend to venture into conspiracy theories.

Then again, so does the New York Times and CNN.

But this idea that you are not allowed to interview people who hold differing opinions is just kooky.

I’m going to give you one hell of an example.

Let’s hop in the Way-Back Machine.

In 1966, Playboy Magazine’s Alex Haley did a sit-down interview with George Lincoln Rockwell.

Now, since so many people don’t know their history, let me take a moment to explain.

Alex Haley was an African American journalist whose ancestors were slaves. His slightly fictionalized account of his family’s past was the bestselling book “Roots” – which later became a blockbuster TV mini-series in the 1970s.

George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the American Nazi Party.

A year after this interview, Rockwell died.

And I’m sure he was irritated to discover that Hell is desegregated.

The truth is, George Lincoln Rockwell was a hateful bigot.

And Alex Haley didn’t need to ask him leading questions for that to become painfully obvious during the interview.

And what an interview it is.

There Alex Haley sat questioning a man who openly referred to him as a “nigger.” Yet Haley persisted. He called him out on his accusations and sweeping generalizations. And he did so with calm and reason.

Haley was never combative. And he never played the victim.

In a lot of ways, he let Rockwell damn himself.

You can read the interview HERE. But I warn you, it’s hard to stomach George Lincoln Rockwell.

He’s deranged.

And despite what the Left wants us to believe, this kind of naked racism and deep-seated hatred is foreign to us today.

Now, don’t be confused here.

I’m not bringing this up because Alex Jones is a Nazi or a bigot like Rockwell.

He’s not.

That’s not my point at all.

And I’m also not saying Megyn Kelly is a journalist like Alex Haley.

She’s not.

Really, she’s nothing more than a pretty face on TV.

And the odds of her sitting down with someone as detestable as George Lincoln Rockwell (sans cameras) are pretty slim.

My point is this.

Interviewing someone is not an endorsement.

Journalists used to take risks – even facing off with someone who is as ideologically different from them as Rockwell was to Haley.

The purpose was to expose people to a mindset or a different viewpoint than the one they ordinarily see or hear.

You get to the end of Haley’s interview with Rockwell, and if you’re like me, you need to shower.

Not every interview we see on TV or read in a magazine will reaffirm our worldview.

Some things may even make us uncomfortable.

That’s the beauty of a free exchange of ideas.

It allows you to formulate your own conclusions.

Compared to George Lincoln Rockwell, Alex Jones is a pretty tame interview subject.

And the truth is, in today’s climate, Alex Haley would be excoriated for that interview with Rockwell.

Bitter, shrewish feminists who would never even touch a Playboy magazine would be screeching at their advertisers and henpecking them until they scamper away in terror.

And Beta male feminists would be cancelling their subscriptions in protest.

[Then buying it on the newsstand because, hey, it’s their only chance of seeing a naked woman who doesn’t look like a unshaven dump truck.]

As a society we’ve become so incredibly thin-skinned, we want the entire country to become a Safe Space.

So much so that people who would never watch Megyn Kelly’s show feel the need to shut down an interview they had no plans of seeing to begin with.

And, really, I find that cowardly and pathetic.

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2 thoughts on “An interview is not an endorsement

  • June 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    Last I heard, even Jones was asking that NBC not air the interview.

  • June 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I’m kind of enjoying the meltdown at NBC over the Kelly ratings. I really don’t care who she interviews as I will probably have to sort my underwear into rags or wearable and then pass them by my wife for approval. Heck, our negotiations could take hours.

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