Lara Logan’s Return To “60 Minutes” Is UndecidedBy: Amanda Crum - May 5, 2014
Lara Logan, who took a leave of absence from 60 Minutes in November following what she called a “mistake”, apparently does not have a definite return-date to CBS News, and spokesman Kevin Tedesco has said they decline to comment on when she will return or what her status currently is with the network.
Logan delivered a segment in October about Benghazi that included statements made by security officer Dylan Davies, and later his comments came into question by both the Washington Post and the New York Times. Those questions turned into an internal review by CBS News, which found that Davies’ statements differed greatly from the statement he gave to the FBI regarding an insurgent attack that killed four people. Logan later apologized for the segment, saying that they had “been misled, and that it was a mistake to include him in our report”, but when it was discovered that Davies was using the story in order to sell his book, the news exploded online and CBS News was quickly thrown into a tailspin, with at least one longtime member of 60 Minutes demanding that Logan be fired.
But Logan kept her job, and some think it’s because she has been shown favoritism from her superiors.
“She got everything she wanted, always, even when she was wrong, and that’s been going on since the beginning,” said a former CBS producer in New York Magazine.
Now that the New York Magazine piece has gotten out, Logan is being dubbed “reckless” due to her eagerness to get the story, no matter what the cost. She also reportedly refused to adhere to the strict Islamic dress codes, wearing jeans and a white t-shirt to an Afghan election rally for Hamid Karzai.
“The crews in London revolted. They thought she was dangerous and she was going to get somebody killed,” said a CBS exec.
Now that the story has been spread around the web, some are doubtful that Logan will be able to keep her job, whether or not she was shown favoritism by executives.
“If other outlets began looking hard into the story of just what went down at 60 Minutes — what led to an editorial disaster of that magnitude being allowed to make it to air — it might permanently taint Logan by revealing that her mistake was the result of her own recklessness,” wrote Chez Pazienza of The Daily Banter.
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