by Ben Callen | TRN
Colton Haab is the heroic ROTC student who shielded students during the Parkland, Florida shooting, who said he bowed out of a virulently anti-gun CNN “town hall” on Wednesday night after the network tried to “script” his questions.
On Thursday CNN essentially called Haab a liar, saying “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.”
The claim was suspect to begin with, given CNN’s long history of town hall plants and scripted questions literally held by planted audience members in the past:
Well Thursday night, Haab wasn’t backing down. In fact he named names. On Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with host Tucker Carlson he alleged that CNN producer Carrie Stevenson, who is the executive producer for Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” television show, was the person who censored him.
“What had happened was four days ago I had gotten contacted by a lady named Carrie Stevenson from CNN,” Haab said. “She had asked me originally to just write a speech, it was going to be at the town hall at the BB&T Center, so I agreed, I felt like it would be the right thing to do, to be able to go to speak my part as well as open eyes to a few things that I thought that could make this situation a little bit better.”
Haab then went on to describe how Stevenson kept reaching out to him and kept changing what she wanted him to do to prepare for the town hall, from writing a speech to writing questions.
Just hours before the town hall, according to Haab, Stevenson told him that he could ask one question, they had already written that question out for him and she told him that he had to “stick to the script.”
When Haab confirmed, Carlson pressed “but that seems dishonest?” Haab agreed, and said that was one of the reasons he decided not to attend the town hall — adding that he thought CNN had also written questions for the other students.
“It was very upsetting to me,” Haab said.
“It’s shocking to us too, trust me, in the actual journalism business,” Carlson concluded.
Many viewers noticed the fact that most of the Parkland anti-gun students held cue notes when asking “their” questions:
Now that Haab has called out CNN’s fraud by name, Tapper and his producer have a lot of explaining to do.
Watch Haab’s interview with Carlson below:
Colton Haab, the heroic ROTC student who protected students during the Florida shooting, has named CNN producer Carrie Stevenson as the person who censored him during the CNN town hall.
Stevenson is the Executive Producer for Jake Tapper’s State of the Union television program. pic.twitter.com/HEj4sAL7WI
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