From the February 21 edition of CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow:
JOHN BERMAN (HOST): Rachel, what do you say to those people, those conspiracy theorists, out there who say that you're an actor or say that you're being put up to this by liberal lawmakers? Is anyone forcing you to come on TV and talk right now?
RACHEL CATANIA (SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVOR): No, not at all. I'm not getting paid for this. I want to come out here on behalf of my city and my town and just spread the message on behalf of those who can't. And I'm going to make sure that those 17 innocent people who had their lives taken from them did not die for no reason. No one's paying me to do this. I'm not a crisis actor. I'm not even sure those are real. No, they're not real.