Secretly taped audio of Jones’ pre-interview with Kelly was released Thursday ahead of the official interview airing Sunday.
Infowars host Alex Jones is taking new measures to set things straight about his interview with NBC News’ Megyn Kelly, which is set to air Sunday.
On Thursday night, Jones leaked audio of what he says was his private, pre-interview conversation with Kelly online to clarify what he referred to as “misrepresenting” him in the official interview.
“I’ve never done this in 22 years, I’ve never recorded another journalist,” Jones said in a video posted to Twitter, teasing the leak. “I’ve never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie.”
In the audio, Kelly is heard saying, “This is not going to be a contentious, sort of ‘gotcha’ exchange.” Then in a preview of the televised footage, Jones is seen talking with Kelly about the 2012 Newtown, Conn., shooting, with Jones calling Kelly “an anti-gunner.”
The host also called out the “mainstream media,” including The Hollywood Reporter, for its recent coverage of his sit-down with Kelly. Jones claimed that his words were taken out of context and heavily edited in promo clips for the interview. “I got it all on tape, sweetheart,” he said during Thursday’s Infowars show. “I did it to protect myself so I can show what she really did.”
“What are they going to do, when I’ve got the tapes of what really happened?” Jones added, saying that Kelly acted like she was “obsessed with him.” “It was worse than in college in a topless bar when women try to get you to pay for a dance.”
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Kelly has received backlash from the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for choosing to broadcast her interview with Jones. On Tuesday, an anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed in the 2012 shooting dropped Kelly as host of an event in Washington.
“Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light, as journalists are supposed to do, on this influential figure and, yes, to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity,” Kelly has said about her decision to feature Jones.
CNN chief Jeff Zucker said Thursday that marketing for Kelly’s sit-down with Jones has been “unfortunate.”
“I think the issue here is the way that they have thus far presented it has not led to the belief that he’s held to account as much as somebody who spews such hatred and nonsense needs to be,” he continued. “If you’re going to do this story, the tease needs to be you holding up a picture of the dead kids at Sandy Hook and saying, ‘How dare you?’ And I think their marketing of this has thus far been unfortunate.”
NBC has not yet responded to a request for comment on the leaked audio.