CNN chief: Alex Jones interview worthy, but NBC mishandled

FILE - In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, "Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, was among the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., said Monday, June 12, 2017, that she fears a planned NBC television interview by Megyn Kelly with Jones on Father's Day will encourage other conspiracy theorists who have harassed her and accused her of being part of a hoax. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Some top people at CNN are coming to Megyn Kelly's defense. The NBC News personality has been the subject of criticism for interviewing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has questioned whether the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012 was a hoax.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker says Jones is a worthy news subject because he has President Donald Trump's ear. But Zucker says NBC brought on some of the backlash by releasing a portion of the interview where it wasn't clear whether Kelly had questioned Jones sharply enough.

The interview airs Sunday.

CNN "New Day" anchor Alisyn Camerota says whoever interviews Jones needs to be prosecutorial.

NBC had no comment. Zucker's comments are touchy there, since he used to run NBC Universal.

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