(National Sentinel)Â Fake News:Â Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor Colton Haab appeared onÂ Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday to confirm earlier comments he made concerningÂ CNN‘s “scripted” ‘town hall’ on Wednesday involving recent school shooting survivors.
Haab, a member of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolÂ Junior ROTC who helped move students to safety, was approached by the network after the horrific attack in which 17 students and faculty were killed.
He said the network approached him to ask a question at the town hall event, in which several of the 5,000-plus attendees came to shout at and grill Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and NRA representative Dana Loesch over their continued support for gun rights in the wake of the latest school shooting.
Haab said he showedÂ CNN producers what he intended to say but said Carrie Stevenson, an executive producer at the network, rejected it and, following several conversations, “scripted” a question she wanted him to ask.
AsÂ The National Sentinel reported Thursday, Haab originally intendedÂ to ask a question aboutÂ usingÂ military veterans as armed security guards.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab toldÂ a local news outlet Wednesday night.
“Before we get into anything. I just want to make sure that everybody hasn’t forgotten why we are actually here tonight. I mean, we lost 17 lives last week. I actually physically put two to rest,” Haab told Carlson.
“To me, that was the hardest thing in the world to endure. Nobody should have to go through this. As long as we are taking the right steps to move forward from this and make sure this doesn’t happen again, I’m all for that,” Haab said.
“We certainly haven’t forgotten. Thank you for reminding us yet again,” Carlson responded. “And we think that the only way to make the country better and maybe put a dent in this scourge is to have a rational, thoughtful conversation about what to do next.
“And with that in mind, you were planning to go to this event last night — and tell me if I am mischaracterizing any of this — and you said at the request of a CNN producer you sent in a number of questions, — statements, questions you wanted to ask of the politicians on the stage and they rewrote one of your questions? Is that right?” Carlson asked.
In answering, Haab said his original intentions were to go and “speak my part” and “open eyes” to some things he believes could make the situation better.
However, Haab saidÂ CNN was being dishonest and that’s why he chose not to go. Also, he said he was told to “stick to the script.”
“She had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script,” Haab said of the CNN producer.
The network has denied that it scripts such events, though Haab said he believesÂ all questions that were asked of Rubio, Loesch, and others including law enforcement who attended the event were scripted.
“I just want to make sure I have this straight. So you sent them a long, in effect essay on what you thought but they put their own words in the question and they weren’t the same as the words you had sent in? They were the producer’s words?” Carlson asked.
“Absolutely,” Haab responded. “They had taken what I had wrote and what I had briefed on and talked about and they actually wrote the question for me.”
“But not with your — they put their own words into their question, even after they asked to you send in questions,” Carlson said.
“Absolutely,” Haab answered.
“But that seems dishonest,” said theÂ Fox NewsÂ host.
“It definitely did,” Haab agreed. “That’s kind of why I didn’t go last night. Originally I had thought that it was going to be more of my own question and my own say and then it turned out to be more of just a script. And she had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script.”
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