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Father of Florida student says CNN sought people to 'espouse a certain narrative' on gun control

Florida parent Andrew Klein told Fox News that CNN wanted to interview people who fit a specific narrative. (Image source: Fox News video screenshot)

A father whose daughter survived the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, told Fox News' Laura Ingraham  that CNN was pushing its agenda in interviews one day after the shooting that left 17 students dead. Andrew Klein and his daughter, Andrea, were interviewed Thursday.

What's the story?

During the interview, Ingraham pointed out to Andrew Klein that "most" of the students and audience members at Wednesday night's CNN town hall event about the school shooting and gun control were of one mind on "what to do, namely, to ban certain weapons, to trash the NRA, to be really disrespectful to Marco Rubio, and nasty things being said to Dana Loesch."

"There was no diversity of opinion among either the students or anyone else," Ingraham said.

Klein told Ingraham that he was not surprised by Ingraham's observation.

He alleged that a CNN producer contacted him while trying to find people who would "espouse a certain narrative which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate."

"As I recall, the producer said, 'We're looking for people who want to talk about the policy implications about what happened,'" Klein explained. "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'd like to speak to those people."

Klein said he is a responsible gun owner and agrees there are things that need to be done.

"Gun control is not about taking guns away from people like me," he said, "it's about keeping them out of the hands that should not have them."

"Most of the people who are yelling gun control, gun control, really don't have a great grasp on what they're talking about," he added.

What have others claimed about CNN?

Klein's accusation comes on the heels of Junior ROTC captain Colton Haab's allegations that CNN wanted him to "stick to the script" at its town hall meeting on Wednesday in Sunrise, Florida.

Haab worked with another JROTC captain to protect dozens of students and teachers from the gunman last week.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions,” he told the station, “and it ended up being all scripted.”

Haab ended up skipping the town hall.

“I don’t think that it’s gonna get anything accomplished,” he told the station. “It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”

What did CNN say?

CNN responded to Haab's allegation on Thursday. It has denied censoring or scripting its town hall in a statement Thursday posted on Twitter.

No response has been made about Klein's allegations.

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