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Feb 22 2018

Parkland Student Declines to Be Exploited as Tool by CNN

Not all Parkland high school students are eager to be exploited on behalf of an authoritarian agenda in return for 15 seconds of fame like the infamous David Hogg. Colton Haab took a pass:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said 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,” quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards.

CNN disputes this, claiming the problem was that Haab wanted to give an extensive speech. But CNN has a credibility problem.

On tips from Bodhisattva and Stormfax.

14 Responses to “Parkland Student Declines to Be Exploited as Tool by CNN”

  1. Jack Bauer says:


    Son….welcome to the 21st Century’s version of the 1960’s TASS and Pravda.

    To coin a phrase: “This is CNN”.

  2. Nick Testa says:

    Of course it’s scripted. It’s fake news CNN and they have to manufacture the “reality” that fits their narrative.

    It’s all theatrics..

    Why do people think the conspiracy theorists are claiming this was a fake shooting? I’ll tell you why – because videos have been leaked of students practicing their FAKE ASS scripted responses to the fake news reporters questions. These kids aren’t actors and it shows.

    CNN has turned this shooting into a play, theatrics and it’s directed and produced by them – the fake fucking news.

    It’s absolutely disgusting.

    And to think I went to school to be a journalist, I’m glad I dropped that because I would have no place in the media today.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    CNN has a credibility problem.

    And has had that problem since they served as an extension of Saddam Hussein’s propaganda machine, knowingly and willingly.

    Essentially the student stated that it was clear the event was going to be scripted and the questions were going to be given to the students and others by CNN.

    CNN, of course, had a terse denial, something to the effect of “CNN never scripts town hall events”, which we now know is an outright lie.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    CNN = Communist News Network.

  5. Bodhisattva says:


    CNN denies school shooting town hall was scripted after Parkland massacre survivor claimed the network rejected his question about armed guards and urged him to ask one it had written

    [CNN] released a statement on Thursday morning refuting Haab’s allegation.

    It read: ‘There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.


    CNN’s long history of allowing Democratic town-hall plants

    On Thursday, CNN will host a town hall with President Obama as part of his “final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy.” In addition to sitting down with liberal anchor Anderson Cooper, the network says Obama will “take questions from the audience.”

    Uh-oh. Get out your best pruning shears and trowels. In an age of micromanaged partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question.

    CNN has a long history of allowing political plants to flourish in its public forums.

    At the cable station’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas in 2007, moderator Wolf Blitzer introduced several citizen questioners as “ordinary people, undecided voters.” But they later turned out to include a former Arkansas Democratic director of political affairs, the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada, and a far-left anti-war activist who’d been quoted in newspapers lambasting Harry Reid for his failure to pull out of Iraq.

    At a CNN/YouTube GOP debate two weeks later, the everyday, “undecided voters” whose questions were chosen included:

    A member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Americans For Hillary Clinton Steering Committee.
    A young woman named “Journey” who questioned the candidates on abortion and whom CNN failed to properly identify as an outspoken John Edwards supporter.
    A supposed “Log Cabin Republican” who had declared his support for Obama on an Obama ‘08 campaign blog.
    A supposedly unaffiliated “concerned mother” who was actually a staffer and prominent Pittsburgh union activist for the United Steelworkers — which had endorsed Edwards for president.
    A supposed “undecided” voter who urged Ron Paul to run as an independent, but who had already publicly declared his support for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s Democratic presidential bid.
    A staffer for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), a former intern for Rep. Jane Harman (D-California) and a former intern for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
    Once a manipulative gardener, always a manipulative gardener. During the push for ObamaCare, Democratic plants spread like kudzu across town hall propaganda events. At White House “citizen town halls” in 2009, Team Obama hand-picked not-so-random “random” questioners who included:

    An operative for the Washington, DC-based Health Care for America Now, the K Street Astroturf outfit with a $40 million budget to lobby for government-run health care that directed its activists to “drown out” opponents at town hall meetings.
    An “unemployed” cancer patient who was actually working for the DNC’s Organizing for America and the Virginia Organizing Project, which coordinated lobbying trips and health care forums with HCAN.
    A Democratic National Committee member and community blogger at Organizing for America.
    The 11-year-old daughter of a coordinator of Massachusetts Women for Obama who had donated thousands of dollars to the campaign, as had her law-firm employer.
    Using young people as horticultural conduits to shape narratives wasn’t an Obama invention, of course. Last week, Hillary Clinton’s town hall events featured two children reading scripted questions on gender pay equity and guns. The campaign balked at accusations that they would exploit kids and manufacture questions.

    But this is the campaign of the former secretary of state whose staff bragged in emails released last fall that it had “planted” questions with CBS News’s “60 Minutes” in 2011.

    And this is the woman whose 2008 presidential campaign staff admitted to providing prefab queries to a Grinnell College student in Iowa. Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff exposed how a senior Clinton staffer approached her with “a binder with pre-written questions.” She told CNN — attention, CNN! — that the “top one was planned specifically for a college student. … It said ‘college student’ in brackets and then the question.”

    Gallo-Chasanoff conceded to asking the question, which read: “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?”

    Upon reflection, Gallo-Chasanoff felt ashamed of her cooperation with Democratic Kabuki theater and condemned the charade as “dishonest.”

    If only more self-respecting journalists felt the same way.

    (I used the whole article because I want the whole text in case that one mysteriously disappears.)

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  8. Franklyfrank says:

    CNN thinks people are too stupid and/or forgetful to know this.
    They are liars and do what liars do best: Lie & Deny.

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