CBS puts correspondent Logan on leave of absence following fake Benghanzi “scoop”

CBS News has put “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan, and her producer, on a “leave of absence,” following Logan’s disastrous broadcast a few weeks ago in which she interviewed Dylan Davies, a man who purported to be an eyewitness to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

It was subsequently discovered that Davies told his employer, and FBI investigators, that he was not at the consulate during the attack.

The move came after an internal investigation by CBS’ executive director of standards and practices, Al Ortiz, found a number of problems with Logan’s broadcast. The Huffington Post has obtained a copy of the memo.

Faux Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies appearing on 60 Minutes.

Faux Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies appearing on 60 Minutes.

Among Ortiz’s findings was the fact that 60 Minutes should have been able to find out, before broadcast, that Davies had told a different version of events to the FBI, and to the State Department via his employer.

“The fact that the FBI and the State Department had information that differed from the account Davies gave to 60 Minutes was knowable before the piece aired,” Ortiz wrote. “But the wider reporting resources of CBS News were not employed in an effort to confirm his account. It’s possible that reporters and producers with better access to inside FBI sources could have found out that Davies had given varying and conflicting accounts of his story.”

A second key point noted by Ortiz, that when Davies told 60 Minutes that he had lied to his employer, but was now telling CBS the “truth” about what happened that night, that should have been a red flag.

“Davies told 60 Minutes that he had lied to his own employer that night about his location, telling Blue Mountain that he was staying at his villa, as his superior ordered him to do, but telling 60 Minutes that he then defied that order and went to the compound,” Ortiz wrote. “This crucial point – his admission that he had not told his employer the truth about his own actions – should have been a red flag in the editorial vetting process.”

Ortiz also noted that Logan claimed Al Qaeda was behind the attack, when that has yet to be conclusively determined.  He also noted a speech that Logan had given, calling out for a strong response from the US to the attack on the consulate, something perhaps an independent journalist shouldn’t be publicly urging, and then reporting on the incident itself.


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  • Bubbles

    It is the emotive aspect of politics.

    Irving Krystal wrote, somthing to the effect: “a democrat is a republican that has just been laid off, a republican is a democrat that has just been mugged.”

    Well, Logan was, shall we say, more than mugged, in Egypt. I won’t blame her for her political positions, she can’t help that. But her political pre-disposition meant she’s not suited for the role she was playing. If you hear the speach she gave earlier, its quite clear.

    She was almost shakespearianly set up for this tragedy to her career. And it was not really her fault that she was abused, but being in the line of work she’s in, it impelled her to this shakespearian tragedy.

  • BillFromDover

    This is ground control to Darrell Issa.

    This is ground control to Darrell Issa.

    She’s floating in a most peculiar waaaaaaaay…

    And your committee gots nothin’ better to do todaaaaaaaaaay.

    Are you shitting in a tin can?…

  • tamarz

    with less reason.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKXbTJsnH-s Some Koynd of Aliens

    Editor: Sorry to be a pain but you spelled Benghazi wrong in the headloine.

  • Max_1

    It should be Carrousel time…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSUAAKFLoL0

  • Max_1

    She’s been such a fangirl of war and warriors…
    … She married someone connected to it all!!!

    Lara Logan’s Husband Was a Propagandist for the U.S. Military
    http://gawker.com/lara-logan-s-husband-was-a-propagandist-for-the-u-s-mi-1462275766

  • Max_1

    Dan Rather was fired…
    … ‘Nuf said!

  • http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=7204 Phaerisee

    Busted! :)

  • FLL

    Fox News commentary is the modern equivalent of exile. It’s where failed right-wingers go to slowly fade, somewhat in the manner of Blanche Dubois.

  • Jafafa Hots

    That’s because most people’s job is not to broadcast bullshit.
    Broadcasters’ job is though.

    Her mistake was in being too transparent.

  • pappyvet

    Logan’s Run , reduced to a crawl.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    No one is afraid of retaliation from liberal viewers. Only the right wingers.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Most people would be fired for far less than this at their job. This is not enough and long overdue.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Explain, with links please :) I found reports suggesting a much stronger link, but still nothing absolutely positively conclusive. I might be wrong, happy to consider any links you’ve got to credible sources.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    I know too many RWNJ’s and their ignorant lemmings who continue to tout these lies and refuse to believe they were lied to. :p

  • benb

    CBS apologized; now it’s time for the Republicans in the House and Senate.

  • grandpamike1

    A further investigation is in order to determine what, if any collusion between Lara Logan and her husband Joseph Burkett whose former employer is The Lincoln Group that specializes in mis-information, especially anything having to do with the wars that we are presently involved in

  • TS_1

    “Ortiz also noted that Logan claimed Al Qaeda was behind the attack, when that has yet to be conclusively determined.”

    Absolutely no reason for the “conclusively” to be included in that sentence.

  • cole3244

    who authorized that report not her that’s for sure.

  • DmlKatsu

    it’s only a matter of time before she ends up at Fox … 10, 9, 8, 7, …

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So, is CBS News and 60 Minutes ever going to admit they shouldn’t have run the Logan report at all, as opposed to merely saying they had one bad (i.e. lying) would-be witness?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yeah… her entire career seems to be marked with highly biased reporting. Plus I’m sure what happened to her in Egypt did not help improve her objectivity (or lack thereof).

  • Monoceros Forth

    Digby has an item on this ( http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/lara-logans-slap-on-wrist-is-one-thing.html ) pointing out that Logan has been a fangirl of war and assassination for a while now. No wonder she went all doe-eyed for some second-rate Rambo fantasizing.

  • bkmn

    Kinda surprised she and the producer aren’t getting Dan Rather’ed.

  • Indigo

    “On leave.” Paid?

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