President Trump is criticizing CNN for its coverage of last week’s mass shooting.
On Thursday, the president blasted the network for allegedly rejecting the speech and questions drafted by a JROTC cadet for Wednesday’s school shooting town hall and instead directing him to use a scripted question.
“‘School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question'” President Trump wrote. “@TuckerCarlson. Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. That’s why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse.”
The tweet seemingly referred to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s interview of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Colton Haab, who protected his classmates from the shooting by creating a shield out of a kevlar curtain.
Haab reiterated to Carlson his previous claim that he skipped out of the Wednesday town hall after CNN refused to allow him to ask his own questions.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab said earlier this week.
The news network responded to President Trump’s tweet, denying that student’s account.
There is absolutely no truth to this story — and we can prove that. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever. Those are the facts. #FactsFirst ?
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 23, 2018
“There is absolutely no truth to this story — and we can prove that. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever. Those are the facts. #FactsFirst.”
Haab said his question was about the possibility of having veterans serve as armed security on school campuses.
Many defenders of CNN accused Haab of lying, with some even suggesting he was paid to do so.
It’s funny how only one kid out of thousands made the claim. Kind of makes you want to stop and think, how much was he paid to tell “his story”
— S.O.N (@shadesofnuni) February 23, 2018
kid was perhaps jealous of his buddies who DID get on national tv?
— nell post (@nellpost) February 23, 2018
Nobody has anything to gain by lying, though Colton Haab has become a rightwing media darling while all the other kids are screaming for change. That’s what makes me think if anyone’s getting paid, it’s him.
— Scott K (@ScottK_NYC) February 23, 2018
#ColtonHaab wanted to get paid, he wanted money in hand. Not surprised Fox News is eating this up. Scripted, please. His father withdraw his name. Come on.
— SpreadTheTruth (@RealTruthx16) February 23, 2018
Maybe Colton Haab is a “paid actor” hired by the NRA.
— Gene Johnson (@gene423) February 22, 2018
CNN has criticized people who question the shooting survivors. On Tuesday, Anderson Cooper excoriated Donald Trump, Jr. for “liking” tweets that suggested Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg is trying to “cover” for the FBI because his father is a retired agent.
Apparently, double standards are the only standards CNN has.
Sure, and you didn’t leak the debate questions to Clinton either. #FakeNewsCNN
— Jeremy Parker (@Jparker_007) February 23, 2018
You are calling a victim a liar because they dont share your hate. CNN IS REPULSIVENESS.
— P e a r l 100?? (@Pearl_USA) February 23, 2018
The kid seemed very credible. It is repulsive that this network sees fit to malign a young survivor of the shooting who actively saved lives.
— Pierce Harlan (@PierceCotwa) February 23, 2018
So youre calling a shooting survivor a liar
— Johnny (@shellghost7) February 23, 2018
— Oodles?Mom (@MotherofOodles) February 23, 2018
Just like they didn’t give them to Donna Brazil for Hillary…yuh okay
— Lady T ? #NotABot ?? (@TheresaDinardi) February 23, 2018