CBS: We Do Give a Damn about our Bad Reputation!

It has been evident for quite some time that news organizations were more about access to right wing politicians and audiences than the truth.  CNN has descended into People Magazine territory to compete with FOX.  The Home of Walter Cronkite and 60 minutes, well, it’s been bad.  Don’t even get me started on Meet the Press that is now aptly called Dancin’ Dave’s Disco.  It appears CBS decided Lara Logan went a bridge to0 far down the right wing memes and lies highway.

CBS News’ Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over downloadDiscredited ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report

Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of ‘”60 Minutes,” informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a leave of absence following an internal report on the news magazine’s discredited Oct. 27 Benghazi report.

“As Executive Producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air,” Fager wrote in a memo obtained by The Huffington Post. “I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.”

On the Oct. 27 broadcast, Logan interviewed Dylan Davies, a security officer who claimed that he witnessed the terrorist attack on the Benghazi compound that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. Davies, who had trained Libyan security guards for the State Department, claimed he scaled a 12-foot wall that night, knocked out a terrorist with his rifle and later saw Stevens dead in the hospital.

But four days later, The Washington Post reported that Davies had told his employer shortly after the attack that he never reached the compound that night, an account that conflicted with the one he had given to “60 Minutes,” as well as included in a memoir. The memoir was published by a conservative imprint that is a subsidiary of CBS, a financial relationship that was not disclosed at the time of the broadcast.

“60 Minutes” dodged questions for several days about the conflicting accounts.

Media outlet after media outlet discredited the report while CBS stood by the story.  It finally eeked out a well, it seems it coulda been a little more accurate sorta kinda apology.

Now, well, read the headline.

The rest of the pundit herds are circling the near dead Logan assuming she will head to FOX where she can lie with impunity.

It took a while, but CBS has concluded an internal investigation of the 60 Minutes Benghazi! story, and reporter Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan are taking a “leave of absence” that has been strongly recommended by their boss, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.

Most of the reaction to this development has focused on the question of what CBS has learned from this deeply embarrassing incident. But I wonder about Lara Logan. Will she take her medicine and climb back up the slippery pole of on-camera talent she seemed to be ascending quite rapidly before she decided to begin a new Benghazi! furor? Or will she make a strategic retreat into celebrity reporting or science reporting or sports reporting?

The short-cut for her, of course, will be to assume the mantle of Conservative Media Martyr and land a gig with Fox, where there will be no “internal investigations” of reporters who bend the rules in pursuit of Big Stories likeBenghazi!. If she resists that temptation, then perhaps there is hope for her as a legitimate journalist who admits when she’s wrong and rededicates herself to journalism.

Where’s Dan Rather now?

Wondering if Logan and McClellan are being paid while they’re away.

Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of ‘”60 Minutes,” informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a leave of absence following an internal report on the news magazine’s discredited Oct. 27 Benghazi report. 

Fager’s memo and findings of an internal review [are at the link.]

Always thought Rather was set up to take that fall. CBS caved to wingnut’s invented outrage. Certainly Rather’s investigation was not so thoroughly disgraced at this Benghazi hoax, or should we call it a paean to wingnut conspiracy blather. Yet he was fired and he was blackballed from appearing on air during their JFK anniversary coverage just days ago. At the very least Dan Rather is owed a huge apology.

140119_600CBS is now saying it should’ve never aired the piece.

On Tuesday, CBS News completed an internal review of the process that led to 60 Minutes’discredited Benghazi story, for which the show has apologized and which has now caused correspondent Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan to take leaves of absence. An hour later, Brian Stelter, in his inaugural appearance as CNN’s media reporter, said that the review showed 60 Minutes never should have broadcast the story, and “shouldn’t have dug in their heels” once it was criticized.

“What the standards report suggests is that this shouldn’t have gotten on the air in the first place,” Stelter said. “This report shouldn’t have been broadcast at all.”

“Once it was broadcast,” he continued, “CBS did exactly the wrong thing: they got up against the wall, they got defensive, they got in this defensive crouch. Often times see sports teams or companies or nonprofits make these mistakes, where they try to defend themselves rather than figure out what went wrong. Well, finally they did figure it out. They did this long report to try to figure out what was right and what was wrong about the story. They found that parts of the story were true and parts of the story belonged on television. But that main source you mentioned, he was discredited. And as a result, it shouldn’t have been broadcast at all.”


About friggin time. And apologize to Dan Rather while you are at it boyz!!!

15 Comments on “CBS: We Do Give a Damn about our Bad Reputation!”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Don Hewitt must be rolling over in his grave.

  2. theblamee says:

    I believe that the idea of Lara Logan “re-dedicating herself to journalism” as a repeat offender is highly unlikely. Did Lara Logan re-dedicated herself to journalism after having serial affairs while supposedly reporting on the war in Iraq? Did she re-dedicated herself to journalism when she was caught having an affair with a competing journalist, Michael Ware, from CNN? Did Lara Logan re-dedicate herserlf to journalism after having an affair with an American government bureaucrat stationed over in Iraq, an affair that resulted with her getting knocked-up and destroying that marriage? All Lara Logan seems to do is re-dedicate Lara Logan to herself. Lara Logan got ejected from Egypt by the Egyptian army, told not to come back, and that there would be consequences if she did come back. She went back, and as a result, she became the story again with the alleged rape. I don’t know what the deal is about Lara Logan. CBS gaver her the Edward R. Murrow award. Glamour Magazine gave her the woman of the year award. And still Lara Logan is Lara Logan. Now with this Benghazi mess. When is enough enough.

    • dakinikat says:

      My guess is she’ll head to Fox where that sort’ve thing is celebrated.

    • janicen says:

      I don’t see how her personal life and personal relationships have anything to do with her reporting despite what you say about her having relationships with others in her profession. Is Michael Ware coming under criticism for having an “affair” with Logan? And she got “knocked-up”? Really? There seem to be plenty of things to criticize about Ms. Logan without including sexist stereotypes like accusing her of “getting knocked-up” and “having affairs”.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Maybe she re-dedicated herself when she was gang-raped in Cairo.

    • I personally think your comment is insulting in just about every war imaginable easily the part about the alleged rape.

  3. Fannie says:

    As Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent…………..she like everybody else, has to answer to someone. Lara has been in the game since the 80’s……….she has knowledge that you and I could never get our hands on……….Why she allowed this to happen, and then cry out, I made a mistake, just isn’t going to cut it. I don’t know why she allowed this to happen, creating the situation that she did, but I think evidence might prove that she knew in advance. What really gets to me, a low level person, never been on the war front, is the damage that she potentially was a part of for our President and for the take down of Hillary Clinton via the GOP by bringing about problems that didn’t exist, and were down and out lies. She was cognizant of all the facts. She had the tool box, and got real sloppy. Will it happen again, hell yeah things like this are purposeful.

    • bostonboomer says:

      She’s a wingnut and extremely biased. She was on the lookout for the story and bought it hook, line, and sinker. But there have to be others at 60 Minutes who OK’d the story. It was sloppy alright.

      • DK I’m not sure if D Rather was set up but I have no doubt he was a fall guy for that story. as far as L Logan I would like to see her back and not on fox news hopefully next time they will vett the sources & story better before reporting I sure hope shes not blackballed like D Rather was for his botched story.

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