On the first episode of new NBC Sunday night news program, Megyn Kelly interviewed Vladimir Putin.
The segment wasn't especially well received because it didn't accomplish anything...
... aside from giving the Russian President a platform from which he could deny any hacking into the U.S. elections and make fun of his rival country for being paranoid and lame.
To follow up her controversial Q&A, meanwhile, Kelly has decided to get even more controversial.
As teased in the preview below, the former Fox News host will be sitting down with Alex Jones this Sunday evening.
Jones is a talk radio host who is, quite possibly, the worst human being on the planet.
He believes 9/11 was an "inside job" and he has stated numerous times for the record that the Sandy Hook shooting did not take place.
He thinks it was a hoax and he has perpetrated this absolutely insane, incomprehensibly insensitive lie on his program for years.
While Kelly does bring up Jones' view on the elementary school shooting that claimed 20 lives in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, she does so with a smile on her face.
And she lets Jones take the conversation in a different, ridiculous direction as soon as she challenges him on his opinion, as you can see below:
But Nelba Márquez-Greene isn't about to let Jones or Kelly off that easily.
The mother of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, she has taken to Twitter and blasted Kelly for putting Jones on national airways in this fashion.
"Hey @megynkelly , let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not encourage his abuse," Márquez-Greene Tweeted last night after the above promotion ran.
She then wrote the following:
"Here you go @megynkelly - her name is Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Say her name- stare at this & tell me it's worth it," added Márquez-Greene as a caption to a heartbreaking image of the daughter she lost in Sandy Hook.
Because it bears repeating:
Alex Jones is telling Márquez-Greene and other parents in her situation that they didn't really lose a son or daughter.
He is calling them liars. And Kelly is letting him do it in front of millions of people on NBC.
How is Kelly justifying this decision?
In response to one of her social media critics, she wrote the following:
POTUS's been on & praises @RealAlexJones' show. He's giving Infowars a WH press credential. Many don't know him; our job is 2 shine a light.
This is clearly complete nonsense.
Just because Donald Trump has chosen to align himself with a right-wing nut job does not mean a journalist must "shine a light" on said nut job.
If Kelly were really interested in making folks away of who Alex Jones is, she could take advice from another individual on Twitter.
She could talk to families of those who were killed in Sandy Hook and she could use their interviews to call Jones out for his BS - and, by extension, to call the President out for legitimizing his "news" outlet.
Wouldn't this also be a form of light-shining?
Isn't it maybe worth explaining to the world just what sort of sources Trump is relying on from the Oval Office?
This is not what Kelly has chosen to do, however.
She has chosen to give airtime to a man who has often referred to kids murdered inside their elementary school as "props" for a wider conspiracy against guns and gun-owners.
Kelly's interview with Jones will air on Sunday, June 18.
And while messages such as the ones above are worth sharing, only one message will mean anything to Kelly and to the NBC executives who greenlit this interview:
Don't tune in this Sunday.
Instead of being loud, get very quiet.
Only low ratings will get any point across here in the end.
Here's a look at where some other Twitter users stand on this issue:
Where do YOU stand?