Colton Haab is a student at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida. He also is a member of the Junior ROTC whom helped shield students during the attack on their school shooting. Haab was asked by CNN to speak at town hall about the incident, and was eager to get insight on suggestions he had to better the protection of the school such as using veterans as armed guards. However, after preparing his own personal questions to ask at the meeting (which CNN asked him to do prior) he was handed a script of questions written by the network! CNN tried to impose on Haab’s first amendment rights by censorship. After handed the script, Haab decided to refuse the opportunity to speak since it would not be in his own words.
“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. [RealClear Politics]”
This may seem like a logical reason for cutting Haab from speaking at the meeting due to time constraints, if that was actually the case.
Haab spoke again on Fox News with a more extensive explanation of the allegations. After being contacted by CNN producer, Carrie Stevenson, about cutting his speech to a single question instead, the network rewrote his question into their own words.
“I spoke to a CNN producer the day after the shooting, and the producer insinuated to me they were looking for people that were willing to espouse a certain narrative which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate.”
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