Articles about "Benghazi"


Correspondent Lara Logan of "60 Minutes" is on a leave of absence following an internal review by CBS News of her story on the Benghazi embassy attack. (AP Photo/Robert Spencer)

CBS memos suggest Logan had bias, but don’t say why no one addressed it

The CBS memos from Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News, and Al Ortiz, executive director of standards and practices, suggest that correspondent Lara Logan had a preconceived bias that prevented her from fully vetting her source before airing his story about the attack on the Benghazi embassy compound that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

But the leaked memos don’t explain why Logan’s superiors allowed her to pursue the story in the first place and why others at CBS didn’t compensate for her potential blind spots.

CBS announced the unspecified leave of absence for Logan and her producer Max McClellan. The Huffington Post ran memos from both Fager and Ortiz. Ortiz offered a summary of CBS’ findings that included these points:

  • It was possible to know that Dylan Davies’ account to the FBI was inconsistent with what he told CBS.
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Correspondent Lara Logan from "60 Minutes" agreed to take a leave of absence after an internal CBS News review found her story on Benghazi was "deficient." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

CBS News review: Benghazi story was ‘deficient in several respects’

The Huffington Post

“60 Minutes” reporter Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan will “take a leave of absence,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager tells staffers in a memo obtained by The Huffington Post. “60 Minutes” failed to “take full advantage of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented” its botched Benghazi report from happening, Fager writes.

CBS News later confirmed the HuffPost report in its own story posted Tuesday.

HuffPost also has a summary of Al Ortiz’ review of the segment, which Ortiz says “was deficient in several respects.” “60 Minutes” source Dylan Davies’ admission to CBS “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 writes.… Read more

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Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather poses on the roof of an office building overlooking New York's Times Square, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

How the ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi debacle is similar, different than Rathergate

A lying source, a failure to properly vet him, and critical information that turned out to be unsupportable.

That appears to be the core of the “60 Minutes” Benghazi debacle that led to an on-air apology from correspondent Lara Logan and will be followed by another one on tonight’s broadcast.

It’s also a summary of events that could easily apply to the famed and discredited 2004 Bush National Guard records story aired by “60 Minutes II” just before that year’s presidential election.

The two incidents share some core characteristics, but they also differ in interesting ways. That they both happened at the same news organization — and under the “60 Minutes” banner — is notable in itself.

What’s Similar

Failure of a key source. Both times, there was a single source that set off the key reporting.

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Yahoo buys Tumblr, DOJ targeted another reporter: Morning links

YAHOO WILL BUY TUMBLRPer the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” a Yahoo announcement this morning says. The acquisition cost Yahoo $1.1 billion, “substantially all of which is payable in cash.”

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