The father of a teen girl that survived the school shooting in Florida last week said he was at Wednesday’s town hall hosted by CNN, and that he felt CNN wanted to interview people who would “espouse a certain narrative.”
Speaking to Laura Ingraham on Fox News on Thursday night (see below), Andrew Klein agreed with Ingraham that there was little diversity of thought among those that spoke at the event. Klein said that when he spoke to a CNN producer, the producer “insinuated” that the network wanted to interview people who would bring up the “policy implications of what happened in terms of preventing future mass shootings,” and that he felt they were trying to present only one side of the debate.
From the Washington Examiner: “The producer insinuated to me they were looking for people to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate. And I read that as being a gun control debate,” Klein said.
This marks the second time a person with ties to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has said CNN tried to direct the narrative of the shootings’ coverage.
The article is referencing another, former accusation by Colton Haab, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who told a local ABC News station in Florida that he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night’s town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question.” CNN denied that claim.
President Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to slam CNN for Haab’s accusation.
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