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.”
Laura Ingraham spoke with the father and daughter about how CNN tried to shape the narrative for the interview. This isn’t a small thing but a part of a much bigger problem with the media. In case you missed our report on another student who called out CNN for trying to shape the narrative after the Florida shooting, here is his interview with Tucker Carlson:
As we previously reported, a student who was asked to attend the CNN town hall last night is now speaking out about how they tried to force him to go by a script and change his questions for the event. There have been numerous reports of similar instances of coaching but this is the first time student has spoken up about it. How pitiful is it that the CNN producers want to shape the minds of these young people. We believe this young man and our hearts go out to him.
Colton Haab, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were shot and killed last week, says he did not attend the event when he realized it would be a “total waste of his time.”
CNN denies that it scripted questions for any of the participants at the town hall, which was attended by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday, Haab said he was contacted several days ago by a CNN producer who asked him to write a speech to deliver at the event, in addition to questions to ask.
He said after some back and forth, he was eventually provided with a question that was not his own words.
“They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about, and they actually wrote the question for me,” Haab said, agreeing with Carlson that it seemed “dishonest.”