Media, Politics

Haab: CNN Lied About Giving Students Scripted Questions

Colton Haab, JROTC member and survivor of the Florida shooting, has been called a liar by CNN for asserting that he was asked to read a scripted question during the ‘townhall’ on Wednesday night.

That’s when he elected to reveal the full story to Tucker Carlson to clear his name.

He detailed that a CNN producer asked him to submit questions before replying to him with a pre-scripted question.

He was then asked via phone to ‘stick to the script’, and that’s when the ruse became clear. Colton opted not to attend the event.

But Haab pointed out something no one else seems to have noticed: some students on stage were reading from slips of paper that appeared clearly to have been given to them.

And as Michelle Malkin has pointed out this week, CNN has a long history of staged and scripted public events.

This is quickly blowing up in their faces.

Here’s more from RCP…

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Colton Haab appeared on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his saga with CNN and how they “scripted” a question for him to use at Wednesday night’s town hall event hosted by the network and moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Haab, a JROTC member who helped shepherd students to safety, was approached by the network to ask a question at the town hall. Haab showed CNN what he wanted to say but said Carrie Stevenson, an executive producer at CNN, ultimately rejected it and instead after several conversations “scripted” a question for him.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab said to a local news outlet Wednesday night.

Haab told Carlson he wanted to go “speak [his] part” and “open eyes” to a few things he thought could make the situation better. Haab said the network was dishonest and that is why he decided not to attend. He also said he was directed to “stick to the script.”

“She had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script,” Haab said of the CNN producer.

Haab said he believed all the questions asked at the town hall were scripted. Haab explained in detail what happened between him and the cable news network and what he thought of the town hall.

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