Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

CBS' '60 Minutes' apologizes for misleading Benghazi report

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan on Friday retracted and apologized for a 60 Minutes report that was based on a supposed eyewitness to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Logan, appearing on CBS This Morning, said the network was "misled" by the man, Dylan Davies, who told 60 Minutes last week that he had witnessed the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.

"The most important thing to every person at 60 Minutes is the truth and the truth is we made a mistake," said a chastened Logan, who had reported the original story.

On the 60 Minutes broadcast, Davies — who used the pseudonym Morgan Jones — described scaling the walls of the diplomatic facility and encountering several attackers, including one whom he said he disabled with a blow from his rifle butt. He also recounted his clandestine visit that night to a Benghazi hospital to view Stevens' body.

The report helped fuel another round of Republican accusations against the State Department and Obama administration over their account of the attack.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would block confirmation of Obama's nominees, including Jeh Johnson as homeland security secretary and Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve, until the administration allowed government witnesses to the attack to appear before Congress.

The Washington Post raised questions about Davies account in a story published on Oct. 31, four days after the 60 Minutes broadcast. The story noted that Davies gave his employer a different account of his experiences that night than the one he gave Logan on 60 Minutes, the most prestigious newsmagazine show on television.

"We take the vetting of sources and stories very seriously at 60 Minutes and we took it seriously in this case, but we were misled," Logan said.

Davies is publishing a book on the incident under an imprint owned by Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS.

Logan said CBS would apologize further to viewers on Sunday's 60 Minutes and would correct the record again.

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