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The father of a Florida shooting survivor acknowledged Tuesday he omitted words in an email he sent media outlets accusing CNN of using scripted remarks at a town hall on guns and school safety.

Dozens of conservative websites called the network’s Feb. 21 town hall forum scripted after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Colton Haab skipped the event and said the network had told him what question to ask. The websites call it proof the forum was slanted against gun rights. President Donald Trump tweeted about it on Friday, saying “Just like so much of CNN, Fake News!”

CNN countered with a release of email exchanges between producer Carrie Stevenson, Colton Haab and his father Glenn and accused Glenn Haab of deliberately altering email sent to Fox News and the Huffington Post.

“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,” the network said in a statement.

Glenn Haab told The Associated Press he omitted some words from the email but said he didn’t do it on purpose.

“There was nothing malicious behind it,” he said.

In one exchange, 17-year-old Colton Haab proposes several questions to ask at the town hall, including one on whether to arm teachers. His father, a Republican gun owner, later emailed Stevenson a four-page document with a roughly 700-word speech and a series of questions he said Colton wanted to ask.

Stevenson told the father the additional language he proposed was “way too long” and Colton would need to stick to the question “that he submitted.” The words “that he submitted” were left off the email sent to Fox News and Huffington Post.

CNN said Stevenson had discussed which one of Colton’s several questions to ask at the forum and they mutually agreed on one using his own words and a statement he made during another television appearance.




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7 thoughts on “CNN Provides Proof That Florida Survivor’s Father Altered Email

  1. Today’s political climate is made of lobbying special interests people . The NRA is one of the most powerful special groups . If truth be told as the saying goes , undoubtedly the father economically benefited for this opportunity. That’s what silently going in today’s political world . As mentioned by another comment , the event was for a positive way forward. Unfortunately the event was reduced to political maneuvering. Nothing will happen until another disturbed young person goes in another school and shoots up the place. Smh

  2. Smh, what a shame that this man actually has a son who, by the grace of God, SURVIVED this horrible shooting, and yet for whatever reason he STILL can’t get passed partisan politics long enough to allow his son to be a productive part of something that could chart a positive course for the future! Sadly, this just goes to show that some people continue to be willing to stoop to any and every disposable level just to further their own divisive agendas, even when they have been as blessed as this young man has. Now watch how the Trumpers will ignore this revelation. Disgraceful!

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    Glad they exposed this liar and his kid. CNN was really delicate with the kid, and then he tried to make it political. These GOPers are crooked. They are the fake news. I wonder if CNN can sue the Father. He has his son go on FOX and lie about CNN changing his question for a townhall. It didn’t make sense from the jump. Start shining bright lights on all these liars.

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