The father of Colton Haab, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has admitted that he doctored emails before sending them to various media outlets -- making it appear as though CNN tried to script his son’s questions for their town-hall event last week.
Many were outraged at Mr. Haab's original claim, including President Donald Trump, who tweeted about the matter, calling CNN "Fake News." Others thought the e-mails were proof that survivors with a "pro-gun agenda" were being censored by the network.
Shout out to Colton Haab!— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) February 23, 2018
This young man should be recognized as a national hero.
CNN wouldn’t let him ask his own questions so they handed him a script to read & he said no.
It takes courage to stand up to the fake news media, but even more to call them out on it.
#ColtonHaab is a JROTC student. If he came out against guns, #CNN would have made him their darling. But since he wants to keep ALL students safe, they forced him to read their script and he turned them down.— Hava Batia (@HavaBatia) February 23, 2018
Colton is a HERO among the #liberal swamp.@POTUS you hear this? https://t.co/sJNIo6FUWH
Scripted town hall? Check out part of my interview with a student who claims CNN rewrote and scripted his question. CNN pushed back against the initial claim. Take a listen #Tucker @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/8uDuH6rBIv— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 23, 2018
CNN immediately responded, releasing their copies of the e-mails in question.
CNN response to the claim of a "scripted question" for last night's town hall: pic.twitter.com/Mz1hMqqfkw— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 22, 2018
The family of a Parkland shooting survivor appears to have provided doctored emails to Fox and HuffPost in an attempt to support their claim that CNN "scripted" its Wednesday town hall. https://t.co/AdiXw2lmRz pic.twitter.com/3O5EneClcK— Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) February 24, 2018
Mr. Haab has since admitted to the Associated Press that he "omitted some words" from the email, but that he didn’t do it on purpose.
“There was nothing malicious behind it,” he said.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News updated their audience on the matter Tuesday evening.
Tucker Carlson just addressed on his program the Colton Haab CNN controversy after Haab's father admitted to altering email: "There is no evidence that CNN tried to give Colton Haab a scripted question and we wanted you to know that."— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) February 28, 2018
regardless of colton haab’s political leanings, he is a young man who put his life on the line to save his peers. his father undermined his son’s heroism and the efforts of douglas students. for shame. https://t.co/EniAghufv7— Not Nicole™ 💊🍷🌹 (@kuntsuragi) February 28, 2018
I feel very sorry for Colton Haab. His Dad has really screwed this moment up for him. GLEN Haab wanted Colton to recite pages of talking points rather than receive the recognition and respect he deserves. I'm very sad for Colton. https://t.co/iNJLwtzFXr— RH Liberal (@RHLiberal) February 25, 2018
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"It is unfortunate that an effort to discredit CNN and the town hall with doctored emails has taken any attention away from the purpose of the event":https://t.co/geW6hphwK6— snopes.com (@snopes) February 28, 2018
Father of Florida shooting survivor admits to altering email from CNN https://t.co/FjxIZoNw7P— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 28, 2018