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Allegan County Clerk calls Parkland school shooting survivor a "crisis actor"

Allegan County Clerk calls Parkland school shooting survivor a "crisis actor". (WWMT/Matt Loughrin)

Allegan County Clerk Bob Genetski is calling Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg a fraud and a paid crisis actor after Hogg has made dozens of national media appearances speaking out about gun control.

Newschannel 3's Jake Berent spoke with Genetski in Allegan on Wednesday.

He's been very vocal that Hogg, a Parkland shooting survivor, is a fraud. Genetski tweeted on Monday, calling Hogg a crisis actor and a few more tweets saying even worse things about Hogg and news outlet CNN.

Genetski has been tweeting his thoughts about Hogg for a week. A tweet posted on February 21 called Hogg a fraud and another tweet he called him a paid crisis actor.

Claims that Hogg and other survivors are actors started to swirl shortly after the shooting. Those claims have been debunked.

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that Hogg is a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student.

Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that people perpetuating the claims were a, "disgusting group of idiots."

Newschannel 3 tried to talk with Genetski on Wednesday, but he said he was in meetings all day and just got back to us with his response:

I personally believe David Hogg is being used by CNN because he fits their liberal narrative of Big Government Solutions to the Parkland tragedy.
I do not believe that he went to acting school or receives money from CNN, however, it seems as if the liberal network found a preppy, middle class looking kid – who sadly according to the media was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the shooting – and pays him in interviews and airtime as long as he drives their message of gun confiscation.
My perception is that the young man has been grandstanding and self-promoting with this awful event in the background and that he is using the shootings as cause to be disrespectful to Florida Governor Scott, Senator Rubio, the president and basically anyone whose views CNN happens to disagree with.
I spent fourteen and a half years as a high school teacher, and it hurts terribly to see students go through the pain the kids in Parkland are going through. But Hogg’s call for a spring break boycott of Florida – and the media’s reckless promotion of it (CNN Feb 26th) would hurt those working in the tourist industry and possibly hurt even some of the families he claims to want to protect through his activism.
People.com (Feb 27) is reporting ‘’’I’m not going back to school on Wednesday until one bill is passed,’ Hogg said at gun control rally Sunday in New Jersey, according to a report in the New York Daily News.” The former teacher in me also hopes that he will change his mind on this stunt (if the media is accurate) and I hope that skipping school while waiting for legislation to move will not be glorified by the national media. The first day back to school from the shootings (today) will have been painful enough for many students without the insensitivity of political grandstanding by others.
My heart goes out to anyone personally touched by the Parkland tragedy. However, CNN’s handpicking one single victim to be the “face of the tragedy” that affected many because of a left leaning political agenda is disingenuous and has a lot of Americans questioning how genuine the national media is being with viewers. I personally struggle seeing in one interview, Hogg first says that “his sister lost four of her best friends” in the shooting; then in a different interview, he says she lost “two of her best friends”; a clip from a third interview has the young man saying his “sister lost three best friends” and yet another clip he states she “lost two.” Any number of his sister’s (or anyone else’s) friends killed or injured is too many, but for a nation looking to make sense out of this awful event and understand the truth – seeing what has become CNN’s primary source paraded around constantly and change the number of casualties close to him from interview to interview is going to create a lot of concern about the source and even more about the network that seems to have handpicked him as the spokesperson for the terrible shooting in Florida. I would feel much better about seeing and hearing his opinion everywhere if the students from his school were to have voted Hogg as spokesperson and not CNN.
With Americans “trust and confidence” in the media at an all-time low of 32% (Gallup Poll 9/14/2016), when CNN pays only those it agrees with in air time, that percentage does not improve any time soon.
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