(National Sentinel) Controlling the Narrative: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab says that CNN approached him to ask a question and Wednesday’s televised town hall-style meeting but he refused to do so after he was given a “scripted question.”
Haab, who is a member of the Junior ROTC program, shielded students during the attack by admitted killer Nikolas Cruz. He said he had planned to ask a question about using military veterans as armed security guards, Real Clear Politics reported.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG-TV.
Real Clear Politics noted further:
CNN aired a town hall on the Florida school shooting with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) that included NRA’s Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel that was moderated by Jake Tapper. Students and parents asked questions about gun control and school safety.
“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” Haab said.
“Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded classmates in the midst of terror says he did not get to share his experience,” WPLG’s Janine Stanwood explained.
“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,” Stanwood reported.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab said. “I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”
Real Clear Politics said CNN denied it gave Haab a scripted question. “CNN did not, and does not, script any questions for town hall meetings, ever,” the statement said.
However, critics pointed out that one of CNN‘s former contributors and co-hosts, Donna Brazile, gave the Hillary Clinton campaign questions ahead of Democratic debates she moderated — which Brazile later admitted to doing.
Another student and shooting survivor, 18-year-old Brandon Minoff, previously told Fox News that he thinks 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.
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