There’s an ongoing debate about whether or not CNN stacked their town hall in Florida with people who fit CNN’s anti-NRA, pro gun control narrative. Both sides have arguments, but it seems the side that believes the town hall was a witch hunt/ kangaroo court now have one more witness to put on the stand.
According to Fox News, Andrew Klein, father of a girl who attends Stoneman Douglas High School, received a call from a CNN producer who was looking for people to “espouse a certain narrative which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate.” Klein said the producer contacted him the day after the shooting, searching for someone with a gun control bent.
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." pic.twitter.com/1NqflLpoou
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 23, 2018
If you watched the town hall, you would have noticed that the entire thing felt incredibly one-sided. No arguments were presented in favor of gun rights except for those that came from Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. Some of the questioners came off more like activists than concerned or upset citizens. It felt very dirty, and many believed (including yours truly) that it seemed awfully convenient that so many people from one side of the argument were popping up.
And then a JROTC student who shielded his fellow classmates from harm, Colton Haab from Stoneman Douglas popped up and confirmed many people’s suspicions. According to Haab, he was asked to write a question and a speech for the town hall. Haab claims CNN tossed his speech out and told him to stick to the script. CNN flat out denies Haab’s claim, putting the debate of CNN’s falsehoods into overdrive.
With Klein’s addition to Haab’s claims, the jury is still out, but things are looking a bit weirder. It should be noted, however, that there’s still no solid evidence from either side to really back up their claims.
However, if CNN did indeed rig the town hall to be an anti-gun witch hunt, then it essentially used the victims of the Parkland shooting to push its narrative, which is more than inexcusable.