Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor’s Family Doctored CNN Email: Report
The family of Parkland shooting survivor Colton Haab reportedly released a doctored email to the media to defend Colton’s claims that CNN producer Carrie Stevenson told Colton to read a scripted question on Feb. 21 during a CNN town hall.
Colton told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Feb. 22 that Stevenson gave him (Colton) a scripted question to read at the town hall (video below):
In my interview with CNN, I had talked about arming the teachers, if they were willing to arm themselves in the school, to carry on campus. And they had — she had taken that, of what I had briefed on, and actually wrote that question out for me.
CNN claimed there was “absolutely no truth” to Colton’s claims, and added that Colton’s father, Glenn Haab, intervened, and emailed a lengthy speech that he wanted his son to read, which included three questions.
In the email exchanges, posted on Business Insider, Stevenson said the speech was “way too long” and that Colton “needs to stick” to the question they agreed on (during phone conversations).
For reasons unknown, Glenn interjected himself into the email conversation and told Stevenson that he and his son “are not actors,” and that Colton would not do the town hall unless he could read the entire (pro-gun) speech.
CNN provided Colton’s version of the emails and CNN’s version to Business Insider.
In CNN’s version, Stevenson told Glenn that Colton needed to stick to a question that Stevenson and Colton “discussed on the phone that he submitted.”
In Colton’s version of the CNN email, the words “that he submitted” has been deleted.
According to the metadata of the Word document contained the email, Glenn was the last person to edit it, notes Business Insider.
Glenn did not respond to questions from Business Insider.
A CNN spokesman responded to Business Insider:
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. However, when presented with doctored email exchanges, we felt the need to set the record straight.