“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan has been placed on a leave of absence by CBS after an internal investigation into a story she reported about the Benghazi attack that used a discredited source.
Logan, along with her producer Max McClellan, are on leave after CBS found significant errors in the way they handled the story that has been much criticized for relying on an account by security agent Dylan Davies, who was later shown to have lied.
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“As executive producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air,” wrote Jeffrey Fager in an internal email quoted by The New York Times
. “I pride myself on catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have. We are making adjustments at ‘60 Minutes’ to reduce the chances of it happening again.”
CBS has been reviewing the way the story was reported and found several deficiencies, the Times said. One of the most significant problems was that Davies’ story to Logan and McClellan was different than what he told the FBI and his employer.
“The wider reporting resources of CBS News were not employed in an effort to confirm his account,” the Times quoted from the report.
In addition to those reporting problems, the assessment also said Logan didn’t substantiate that al-Qaida was part of the Benghazi attack and also that she made a speech in fall of 2012 that stated an opinion about the attack, but then worked as a reporter on the story that should have been subjective, the Times said.
USA Today reported that Logan will not attend
Tuesday evening’s Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2013 International Press Freedom Awards, an event she was to host.
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