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CNN Claims Shooting Survivor's Father Altered Town Hall Email

CNN Claims Shooting Survivor's Father Altered Town Hall Email

By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:12 PM

A TV town hall on guns and school safety has triggered finger-pointing by the father of a Florida school shooting survivor and CNN.

CNN insists Glenn Haab, the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas junior Colton Haab, doctored emails to push a claim the network told his son what to say at the forum. Colton Haab backed out of the Feb. 21 event.

CNN denies scripting any remarks — and released an email exchange between a CNN producer and Glenn Haab that it says Glenn Haab altered.

The altered email was sent to other news outlets, including Fox News.

Haab acknowledges omitting some words from the email but says he did not do it on purpose.

Business Insider reported last Friday night that according to CNN, a network producer agreed to let the younger Haab write and ask a question about arming teachers at the network's town hall.

But Haab's father sent the network a long speech he insisted his son read at the town hall. CNN, citing time constraints, told Glenn they needed Colton to stick with the question "that he submitted."

When the elder Haab passed along the correspondence between his family and the network to media outlets, Business Insider reported, he omitted the key phrase, "that he submitted."

Fox News' Tucker Carlson conceded Tuesday night it appears there does not appear to be evidence CNN tried to give the younger Haab a scripted question.

"[T]wo sides telling contradictory stories," Carlson said on his nightly show. "Without access, we can only guess which one was telling the truth and guessing is not enough . . . The Haab family concedes that they did remove a line from out of their emails in a way that might make some think it its meaning had changed. Colton's father said it was accidental. We don't know, we can't prove or disprove that."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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