On Friday night, Tucker Carlson took some shots at CNN over a dispute between a Parkland survivor and the network over an alleged scripted question.
It began late Wednesday night after the CNN Town Hall when Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab claimed that he didn’t participate in the televised event because the network attempted to give him “scripted” questions, something the network immediately denied.
Then on Thursday night, Haab appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and doubled down with his accusation, confirming to Carlson that CNN wanted to “put their own words” into his question.
CNN has since released an email exchange between a CNN producer and the Haab family, saying that doctored emails were being shopped around to other media outlets. In a statement to Mediaite, a CNN spokesperson said, “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.”
Well, Carlson briefly weighed in on the controversy and Haab’s appearance on his show.
“Almost immediately after the show [last night], CNN responded by claiming that Colton Haab is lying, even altering evidence,” Carlson said. “Tonight, CNN executives leaked unauthorized… and authorized release of what they claim are Colton’s personal emails. They’re trying to claim that he or his family altered evidence of his exchange with a CNN producer.”
The Fox News host said that this “surprised” him because CNN had “declared” that “anyone who questioned the integrity of Parkland survivors” is a “monster” and “guilty of the most severe kind of moral crime.”
“And yet CNN is doing the very same thing right now, questioning the integrity of a survivor because it suits them,” Carlson alleged. “So there’s some irony there.”
That being said, Carlson emphasized the important question of “What’s actually true?”
“This is journalism. We don’t know what’s actually true, but we are going to do our best to find out and we’re going to tell you if we do,” he concluded.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
UPDATE: Colton Haab’s father reportedly admitted to altering the email exchange with CNN.
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