Lara Logan Apologizes for Flawed Report on BenghaziBy: Lacy Langley - November 9, 2013
Lara Logan made an apology on behalf of CBS for the erroneous report on the Benghazi attacks last year. The report raised questions about the Obama administration’s response to the attacks on the Libya compound, casting doubt on whether the administration sent all possible help to try to save Stevens and his colleagues, according to CNN.
The story was then cited and used as fodder by congressional Republicans. They then demanded to know why a military rescue was not attempted.
“In this case, we were wrong. We made a mistake,” Logan said. “That’s disappointing for any journalist. It’s very disappointing for me.”
The horrific attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. One of the main sources for the “60 Minutes” report, which aired on October 27, 2012, was a security contractor identified as under the fake name, “Morgan Jones”. That source was later known as Dylan Davies, who is now author of a book, detailing his account of the attack, called “Embassy House”.
Lara Logan said of Davies, “What we know now is, he told the FBI a different story to what he told us. That was the moment for us when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source and we were wrong to put him on air, and we apologize to our viewers.”
Davies told CBS back then, that he was able to reach the Benghazi compound on the night of September 11, 2012. His account included him scaling a wall and fighting off a militant. The fallout from this apology has hit Davies hard. Threshold Publications, the publisher of the book, has suspended the sale and publication of the book and now recommends taking the copies of “Embassy House” off shelves and returning them. Since this news broke CBS has, not surprisingly, been unable to get in touch with Davies.
“We verified him, confirmed who he was, that he was working for the State Department at the time, that he was in Benghazi at the special mission compound the night of the attack,” Logan said. “He showed us — he gave us access to communications he had with U.S. government officials.”
Davies’ fifteen minutes are officially over in a big way.
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