The father of one of a student who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this month has become the latest critic of CNN’s apparent efforts to use the tragedy to push for more gun control.
Andrew Klein, whose daughter Ariana Klein was at the school when the shooting took place, told Fox News it’s “not surprising” to him that the CNN town hall this week became a public service announcement for gun control.
Klein said a CNN producer called him just after the shooting, seemingly searching for interviewees who would call for stricter weapon policies and firearm bans.
“I actually spoke to a CNN producer on Thursday, the day after the shooting, and the producer insinuated to me that they were looking for people who were willing to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate,” Klein said. “And I read that as being a gun control debate.”
The father said that a CNN producer told him the network was looking specifically for parents willing to discuss “the policy implications about what happened.”
Klein, a Republican voter and 2nd Amendment supporter, said he had a feeling that meant CNN wanted to talk gun control.
“She didn’t mention guns, but, you know, in terms of the policy implications for preventing future mass shootings, and if you know folks who want to talk about that we would like to speak to those people,” Klein said.
As some Stoneman Douglas students become the face of a renewed U.S. gun control push, this is the second time CNN has been called out for fishing for gun control viewpoints and attempting to steer the conversation.
Stoneman Douglas junior Colton Haab told reporters this week that he pulled out of the CNN town hall event after a producer attempted to script his remarks prior to the event.
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