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By: Paul Meekin
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” – Edward R. Murrow
JP Morgan Chase has pulled funding from all NBC News programming, in protest of Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones, primarily due to Jones’ denial of the Sandy Hook Massacre.
“As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes,” tweeted Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Lemkau.
To be fair, it’s not like Jones needs the airtime. NBC News Broadcasts average about 7 million nightly viewers and InfoWars has has roughly that in Youtube views, website visits, and ‘ever-green’ content that continues to be seen by millions.
Ironic here is that the last time I checked, Alex Jones has murdered no-one. Meanwhile, Kelly’s interview with Vladimir Putin who allegedly tried to hack our election, is known to kill people he disagrees with, put LGBTQ members into camps, was met with criticism because Kelly didn’t ask enough questions.
This news come hot on the heels of Delta and Bank of America pulling funding for a Trump-sian production of Julius Caesar, and just about everyone (except McDonalds) pulling funding from The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News in the wake of his sexual harassment scandal.
What the hell is going on?
For our purposes at The Libertarian Republic, the official stance should and is JP Morgan chase can do whatever the heck they want. They can pull funding from Kelly’s programming because they think it’s stupid she spells Megyn with a y.
But the question is, should they?
I’d say no. Then again I’ve always regarded Alex Jones as something of a court jester. More Jerry Springer than Larry King. He’ll occasionally make excellent points and decent predictions, but like Milo Yiannopoulos, it’s couched in quite a bit of deliberate lunacy.
However, Alex Jones has the ear of the President, a massive audience, a White House Press Pass, and is clearly a popular personality in entertainment and news media. He is worth talking too.
PLUS, I ask of JP Morgan Chase, wouldn’t you rather see Kelly take Jones to task for his ludicrous statements regarding Sandy Hook? Challenge him on his most offensive positions? Or is it better to simply let him continue in the not-quite-shadows, away from your public eye and scrutiny, free to toil away, corrupting his audience of millions unabated? Then again banks aren’t big fans of regulatory, are they?