Parkland shooting survivor Colton Haab accused that CNN’s town hall on gun control Wednesday night was “scripted.” CNN responded by claiming that Haab’s claim was “absolutely” false.
Haab is a 17-year-old ROTC member. He was a hero who used Kevlar vests to shield other students. Initially he was invited to the town hall. When his questions about gun control for the town hall were rejected by the network, he decided not to go. Haab said the event “ended up being all scripted.”
Per Daily Wire:
“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” Haab told WPLG-TV. “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted.”
Haab explained that he wrote some questions about how to improve school safety, including a suggestion that schools might use veterans to provide security. His questions, he claimed, were turned down by CNN.
“I don’t think it’s going to get anything accomplished, it’s not going to ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have,” said Haab.
CNN responded with a statement declaring the student’s claim “absolutely” untrue. Here’s the full statement posted by CNN Communications:
There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.
After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected. We welcome Colton to join us on CNN today to discuss his views on school safety.
CNN response to the claim of a “scripted question” for last night’s town hall: pic.twitter.com/Mz1hMqqfkw
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 22, 2018
Here is the interview:
ROTC student Colton Haab, who shielded students from the school gunman, says CNN scripted the entire townhall event and censored him from asking the questions that he wanted to ask.
CNN is pure propaganda. pic.twitter.com/AD1e7uGMV9
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) February 22, 2018
As long as you fit the CNN agenda you were free to say what you want. Haab was contested when he tried to express his opinions.