Florida shooting hero Colton Haab: CNN gave me “scripted question” after denying question about armed guards

On Wednesday, Colton Haab, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student hailed as a hero after he shielded students from gunfire, said he refused to participate in a town hall on gun control after CNN told him to ask a scripted question, Breitbart and others reported.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told Fort Lauderdale ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.

“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” he said.

“Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards, but claims CNN wanted him to ask a scripted question instead. So he decided not to go,” WPLG’s Janine Stanwood said.

“I don’t think that 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,” Haab added.

Breitbart added:

The town hall was overwhelmingly stacked in favor of gun control. Two students whom CNN chose to ask questions attacked National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch as a bad mother. CNN’s Jake Tapper, who moderated the event, did not defend Loesch.

Media analyst Mark Dice posted a video of Haab’s interview:


The Daily Caller, which said that moderator Jake Tapper did not immediately return their request for comment, added:

Another shooting survivor, 18-year-old Brandon Minoff, previously told Fox News that he believes the media is politicizing the tragedy to push gun control measures.

“I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy,” Minoff said on Tuesday. “It seems that gun control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human.”

“I know many people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control but it seems that the media is specifically targeting those in support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to make the bigger effort to speak to these people, and I’m talking from experience,” Minoff said.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the town hall would be scripted.  Earlier, Laura Loomer said she believed CNN was not only organizing a town hall event on gun control, but also coached participants in what to say.


The result?  According to Stanwood, many felt as though it was politics as usual.

This illustrates why so many now view CNN as the least-trusted name in network news, according to a January 2017 study, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

Update:  Haab identified the CNN producer who wanted him to stick to their script.


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