Another person has stepped forward, accusing CNN of scripting questions in the wake of last week’s Parkland, Florida high school shooting:
This time it’s the father of Ariana Klein, a junior at Stoneman Douglas. Andrew Klein is a Republican and a gun owner. He says that CNN was specifically seeking out survivors of the shooting who wanted to talk about gun control, bolstering another survivor’s claims that the network tried to plant scripted questions at their Wednesday night town hall. Klein spoke on Fox News and said he had received a call from a CNN producer the day after the shooting last week.
He said it was “not surprising” that the town hall was focused on strict gun control measures, as the producer he spoke to was looking for people who wanted to talk about “policy.” Figures.
“I actually spoke to a CNN producer on Thursday, the day after the shooting, and the producer insinuated to me that they were looking for people who were willing to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate,” Klein stated. “And I read that as being a gun control debate.” Fox host Laura Ingraham requested that Klein tell her exactly what the producer told him. He said that the producer said, “We are looking for people who want to talk about the policy implications about what happened.” Translation… gun control. “She didn’t mention guns, but, you know, in terms of the policy implications for preventing future mass shootings, and if you know folks who want to talk about that we would like to speak to those people,” Klein said. His daughter agreed.
Andrew Klein, whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas High School, says that a CNN producer told him the day after the shooting they were looking for people to do interviews who would "espouse a certain narrative which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate." pic.twitter.com/1NqflLpoou
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) February 23, 2018
Klein’s accusation gives weight to shooting survivor and hero Colton Haab’s claim that CNN wanted him to use a scripted question at the town hall. Haab and another Junior ROTC captain, Zackary Walls, took fellow students and teachers into a classroom after the shooting started and then used materials in the room to form a barrier between them and the shooter — and then prepared for a fight. Haab said he noticed large Kevlar curtains in the room, which were used to shield those in the room. “I brought those curtains out because I knew exactly what they were made of,” Haab said. “As I’m building them, I’m thinking I would never need this other than what we’re going to do, and after yesterday I’m glad we had them.”
Now, CNN is outright calling Haab a liar. They say they have proof that they won’t produce as well. The only liar here is CNN. They have been caught many times scripting things, planting questions and just plain ole lying.
According to Haab, CNN asked him to submit a speech and questions, only for CNN to respond with their own “scripted” question they wanted him to ask. “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab claimed, explaining that he decided not to go to the town hall after the incident. “I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions.” CNN’s excuse was this was not a forum for speeches, but they let two other students for gun control give speeches there. Lying hypocrites.
“What had happened was four days ago I had gotten contacted by a lady named Carrie Stevenson from CNN,” Haab said Thursday night. “She had asked me originally to just write a speech, it was going to be at the town hall at the BB&T Center, so I agreed, I felt like it would be the right thing to do, to be able to go to speak my part as well as open eyes to a few things that I thought that could make this situation a little bit better.” But that would never happen because it didn’t further CNN’s political agenda on gun control. As the event got closer, Haab alleges that Stevenson changed her demands of him and asked for questions from him before ultimately writing a question for him and telling him that he had to “stick to the script.”
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
CNN released a statement saying there was “absolutely no truth” to Haab’s claims, arguing that Haab’s father pulled him from the appearance after CNN told him he would not be able to deliver a lengthy speech. “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,” CNN’s Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships Matt Dornic told The Daily Caller. “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.” If I have to choose who to believe, I’ll go with the student hero instead of a fake, lying news outlet.
Dornic added that the network gave Haab the opportunity to expand on the idea of arming teachers rather than delivering a prepared speech, but Haab allegedly declined to reframe his remarks. I don’t believe that either. While CNN claimed participants were not invited to give lengthy remarks, several did so anyway without being stopped by moderator Jake Tapper. Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, spoke for four minutes, while NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward Country Sheriff Scott Israel sat on stage. Does that sound unbiased to you? Me either.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2018
This is just a lie. Repeated over and over again. And yet a lie. Facts matter. https://t.co/nzXQQ9S9u6
— Drew Griffin (@DrewGriffinCNN) February 23, 2018
There is absolutely no truth to this story — and we can prove that. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night's town hall, nor have we ever. Those are the facts. #FactsFirst 🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 23, 2018
STATEMENT FROM CNN:
"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." pic.twitter.com/rpKiFD42Ne
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 22, 2018