Journalists and pundits on Twitter are calling for Fox News to retract stories claiming CNN tried to script a post-Parkland town hall debate after the person behind a fake email used to "prove" the claim admitted it was phony.
Glenn Haab, the father of Parkland survivor Colton Haab, admitted Tuesday evening that he manipulated an email used to try to implicate a CNN producer who he and his son alleged told him to "stick to the script."
The theory, initially promoted by fringe right-wing blogs and pundits who claimed CNN barred him from the event because's "pro-gun," was soon after picked up by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who interviewed the younger Haab as he described how CNN tried to write his questions for him before he declined to take part in the town hall.
Carlson and host Sean Hannity both promoted the anti-CNN conspiracy last week, and now face further scrutiny since the boy's father himself came forward to admit he "omitted" parts of the email.
CNN's Andrew Kaczynski noted on Twitter that Hannity and Carlson "used this to attack CNN to millions of viewers on their prime time shows."
"Either of you plan to publicly correct the record?" he inquired, tagging both hosts.
Fast Company writer Joe Berkowitz, meanwhile, joked that he "can't wait to read that Tucker Carlson correction/retraction that's definitely coming."
Read more calls for the network and hosts to correct their mistake below:
I look forward to @FoxNews and especially white supremacist @TuckerCarlson to issue a correction and an apology and… https://t.co/N0hfDH7Eud— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1519775910.0
*turns to dust while waiting for @TuckerCarlson to apologize* https://t.co/qKxyJEq32C— Calvin (@Calvin) 1519772867.0
Paging Tucker Carlson... https://t.co/lY1Z1d0bZ1— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1519772764.0
Will @TuckerCarlson retract his story? https://t.co/FSB2QjFlJd— Janet Johnson (@Janet Johnson) 1519775509.0
I am sure apologies and corrections will be forthcoming from @seanhannity and @TuckerCarlson asap. https://t.co/02PLEbnTXU— Decca Doctor of Jurisprudence (@Decca Doctor of Jurisprudence) 1519776456.0
UPDATE: Carlson conceded that there was "no evidence" that CNN attempted to script Haab's questions during the town hall during his Tuesday night show.