Lara Logan

CBS News: Bill Whitaker’s new job ‘has nothing to do’ with Lara Logan

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We got to wondering when correspondent Lara Logan would be back at “60 Minutes” when we read an item in the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record reporting that Lesley Stahl would replace Logan at Guilford College’s Bryan Series lecture on April 8.

Logan was suspended in November along with producer Max McClellan after an internal report called her Oct. 27 story on Benghazi “deficient in several respects.”

Politico’s Dylan Byers reported in December that Logan and McClellan were set to be back on the program “early next year,” although CBS had not scheduled a return date.

News that Bill Whitaker will be joining “60 Minutes” also fueled speculation on our part that he could be Logan’s replacement.

Kevin Tedesco, CBS News/60 Minutes communications executive director, cut that short in an email to Poynter:

Lara is still on a leave of absence and Bill Whitaker’s appointment has nothing to do with her.

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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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Lara Logan mourns Marie Colvin, who died in Syria Wednesday:

“You couldn’t be part of the foreign media world and travel to these places and not know who Marie Colvin was,” Logan observed. “She was a legend in her own right and a pioneer in many ways. As a woman, she started to do this work a long, long time ago when it was more of a man’s world than it still is today, in some ways. And Marie was — this was her life. She was completely committed to doing what she believed in. You hear that in her words and in her reporting, just hours before she was killed. It was always about that for her. It was about bearing witness and giving a voice to the people that don’t have one. And she said, so significantly, you know, if you’re not on the ground to witness what was really happening in Homs, then the Syrian government could write whatever narrative they wanted to write and there would be no counter narrative to that.”

Lara Logan on "CBS This Morning"


Addario: While covering rape in Congo, ‘I was openly weeping during interviews’

Women Under Siege
The Women’s Media Center launched a new project today, “Women Under Siege,” to raise awareness about how sexualized violence is used as a weapon of war. The project, which Gloria Steinem initiated and Lauren Wolfe is directing, has a website that features testimonies from journalists who have been sexually assaulted or have covered sexual assault, including CBS’ Lara Logan and New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario. Addario, who was captured in Libya last year, wrote about the impact of covering rape in Congo:

By the time I finished my two weeks photographing portraits and recording testimonies, I was completely devastated and depressed. I was openly weeping during interviews, and felt like I couldn’t process all the hatred and violence toward women I was bearing witness to.

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CBS’ Logan: ‘My attack was retribution against the free press’

The Atlantic
Lauren Wolfe, director of Women Under Siege, says female journalists who are sexually assaulted on the job often stay quiet because they don’t want to lessen their standing in the newsroom. CBS’ Lara Logan, however, has inspired more women to come forward with their stories. Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last February, tells Wolfe:

“My attack was retribution against the free press in general and the flow of information — it was meant to discredit the revolution. … It had a much bigger purpose to it.”

Logan also shared her reactions to a situation involving Jineth Bedoya, a Colombian journalist who was kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped while investigating state officials and members of a paramilitary group 11 years ago:

“An attack in retribution for your reporting speaks directly to the First Amendment.

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CPJ report: Sexual assault is ‘the silencing crime’ for journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists
In a new report released today, CPJ draws attention to the sexual violence that many journalists have faced while on the job. CPJ Senior Editor Lauren Wolfe spent four months talking to about 50 journalists from the U.S. and abroad for the report. Some women reported being raped, while others — including men — said they were groped and sodomized, often while in detention or captivity.

Some journalists interviewed for the report said they felt motivated to talk about what happened to them after hearing Lara Logan go public with her story about being sexually assaulted in Egypt. That’s noteworthy, Wolfe said, but it remains extremely difficult for victims to step forward. Some journalists fear that if they do share their story, they’ll be told they can no longer cover stories in conflict zones. Read more

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In aftermath of Lara Logan’s attack, CPJ learns more about journalists sexually assaulted on the job

In an interview with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, CBS reporter Lara Logan recounted the day she was sexually assaulted by a mob of 200 to 300 men while covering the protests in Egypt.

“There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying,” Logan told Pelley. “I thought not only am I going to die, but it’s going to be just a torturous death that’s going to go on forever.”

Logan went into detail about the assault, saying members of the mob separated her from her cameraman and producer, and later raped her.

Learning more about journalists who are assaulted

Logan’s attack has renewed attention to female journalists getting sexually assaulted while on the job. Lauren Wolfe, senior editor at the Committee to Protect Journalists, has interviewed journalists in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Africa for a lengthy story she’s working on about the issue. Read more

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Lara Logan’s attack was an exception: The stories we miss about rape and sexual violence

The attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan is a reminder that sexual violence happens to people where they work; it happens to adults on streets, in cars, at parks; it happens to children in their homes, neighborhoods, places of worship. The stories we tell — and believe — are affected by where and how these crimes happen.

Picture Catherine, a 25-year-old from Brighton, Mass., robbed while walking home from her grandmother’s birthday party Friday night.

You have questions:

  • Was Catherine hurt?
  • What was taken?
  • Were the attackers caught?
  • And how old is her grandmother, anyway?

Now picture Catherine, a 25-year-old from Brighton, Mass., robbed while walking home from a bar Friday night.

You have other questions:

  • Was she drinking? Was she drunk?
  • Is she OK?
  • Who attacked her?
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In aftermath of Lara Logan attack, what to say about sexual assault

In the online comments about CBS reporter Lara Logan’s assault by an Egyptian mob, there are many examples of what not to say.

There is a lot of good writing about why such false logic persists. I won’t rehash it.

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Why did CNN blur men’s faces in photo of Logan?

Los Angeles Times
Scott Collins couldn’t get an answer from the network. “It is possible that CNN worried about legal liability,” he writes, “despite the fact that the image was taken in a public place during a thronged demonstration of pressing international interest and had been distributed through a wire service.”
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