‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi ‘Correction’ Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Lara Logan

h/t HuffPo

“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan issued a terse 90-second “correction” Sunday night, semi-apologizing for her discredited October 27 report featuring a false “eyewitness” account of the Benghazi terrorist attack. Dylan Davies, a security officer employed by the State Department, lied to “60 Minutes” and in a book published by Threshold Editions, a right-wing branch of CBS subsidiary Simon and Schuster.

That’s not enough. Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” spent a week claiming that the fake Benghazi report was accurate – the result of a year’s worth of research, he asserted. Yet it only took a few days for The Washington Post to find proof that Davies wasn’t credible.

First of all, why do a story on the anniversary of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack? There was nothing new to report, although CBS might have wanted to cater to right-wing conspiracy theorists and political figures.

Logan’s “60 Minutes” report perpetuated the right-wing myth that there are “lingering questions” about the U.S. reaction to the Benghazi attack that haven’t been addressed. This was a lie, and her “correction” last night did not set the record straight.

In both her original report and last night’s “correction,” Logan failed to explain the tie-in between “60 Minutes” and Threshold Editions, which released Davies’ book two days after he appeared on the show.

Logan failed to address why “60 Minutes” accepted Davies’ account of the Benghazi attack, after Fox News Channel rejected it. That might have been a red flag, don’t you think?

Will “60 Minutes” launch an independent investigation? Logan didn’t say last night if there will be an independent panel to investigate what went wrong, like the 2004 investigation that ended Dan Rather’s career with CBS News.

Will Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, keep their jobs or face any punishment over this mistake? We don’t know.

More info:
Here’s CBS’ Full Apology For Its Bungled Benghazi Bombshell

UPDATE: Let CBS know what you think of Lara Logan and the lies she put on the air.

UPDATE: CBS News Keeping ’60 Minutes’ Review Internal

UPDATE: Dylan Davies, ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Witness, Resurfaces, Says He’s In Hiding

UPDATE: Media Matters: The Benghazi Hoax Chapter 16: 60 Minutes

  1. #1 by brewski on November 11, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Yes nothing changed. Nothing new. The facts are that 4 Americans were killed and the WH lied about it to cover their blunders. Obama flew to a fundraiser. It is all known.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 11, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    I’ve never though of Dan Rather as an elephant in the living room until now.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on November 11, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Fox “news” has gone completely mum since 60 minutes recanted. brewski marches onward!

    • #4 by brewski on November 11, 2013 - 8:17 pm

      Did 4 Americans not die?

      Did the WH not lie?

      What did I say which is not 100% The Truth?

    • #5 by Larry Bergan on November 11, 2013 - 10:05 pm

      brewski:

      Fox “news” has flushed the story, perhaps you should do the same.

      • #6 by brewski on November 12, 2013 - 8:34 am

        Thank you for admitting that everything I said was The Truth.

  4. #7 by Richard Warnick on November 12, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Jon Stewart Blasts ’60 Minutes’ For ‘Sort Of Acknowledging’ Benghazi Story Was ‘Total Bullsh*t’

    Probably CBS thinks it’s unfair that Faux News gets away with this crap all the time, but people expect actual journalism on “60 Minutes.”

  5. #8 by Richard Warnick on November 12, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Observers Rain Criticism On “Bogus” 60 Minutes Apology

    There’s one big difference: Dan Rather lost his job, and Lara Logan still has hers. But if CBS was guilty of “liberal bias” back then, as conservatives loudly claimed at the time, it’s just as clearly guilty of “conservative bias” today.

    Will Media Let 60 Minutes Off The Hook After Hollow “Correction”?

    • #9 by brewski on November 12, 2013 - 1:42 pm

      Did the 4 dead Americans rise from the dead?

  6. #10 by Richard Warnick on November 12, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Update: Let CBS know what you think of Lara Logan and the lies she put on the air.

    • #11 by Larry Bergan on November 12, 2013 - 7:43 pm

      Done!

      Here’s my compliant to CBS:

      Sixty Minutes can do better the report on a right-wing plan to make Benghazi look like the worst tragedy in American history. Even if the guy was telling the truth, there are MUCH more important stories to cover.

      I’m sure governor Don Siegalman must have told you his election was stolen in the middle of the night on the voting machines, but you left that out of his story a couple of years ago. He’s still in jail for being on the wrong side of Karl Rove. Maybe you could revisit the story and tell the whole thing.

      • #12 by Larry Bergan on November 13, 2013 - 7:18 pm

        Replying to myself:

        Guess that would be “complaint”, not the opposite of complaint. :)

        If 60 minutes can mess up, I guess I’m home free: especially since I’m giving an actual mia-culpa.

    • #13 by Larry Bergan on November 12, 2013 - 7:59 pm

      I’m breathlessly awaiting my form-letter from 60 minutes.

  7. #14 by brewski on November 12, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    You don’t seem to have the same zeal for apologies and firings when it comes to the daily lies spewed by Maddow et al.

    Hypocrite.

  8. #21 by cav on November 13, 2013 - 7:42 am

    (edit…wrong thread)

  9. #22 by Larry Bergan on November 13, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Who could have predicted that THE EVIL INCARNATE would actually come in the form of a woman; whose name shall be MADDOW!

    • #23 by brewski on November 13, 2013 - 9:30 pm

      Richard’s crush on her/him is pretty creepy.

  10. #24 by cav on November 13, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Just like every other talking head, Rachel has her sponsor provided parameters.

    All lies? Someone is wishing too hard.

  11. #25 by Comes a Time on November 15, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Here’s where it lives. Whatever we need to do to get rid of this president asap.

    http://topconservativenews.com/2013/01/4-star-general-obama-was-a-co-conspirator-in-benghazi/

  12. #27 by Larry Bergan on November 16, 2013 - 3:56 am

    OMG!

    A publication called :main page – dash – latest news has produced a retired admiral for political purposes.

    This has never happened on any cable channel or website before!

  13. #29 by brewski on November 17, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    That was pretty funny.

    • #31 by Larry Bergan on November 18, 2013 - 7:01 pm

      Dylan Davies says:

      “…I stand by my story however I understand that it continues to be rubbished…”

      Haven’t ever heard that word before, but it was probably a bad choice. Don’t want to leave yourself open. :)

      How can we believe this guy when he says his family is being threatened and how do we know he isn’t being threatened by somebody pretending to be somebody who thinks this whole Benghazi thing is a hoax. Why would CBS put ANYBODY on the air who is using a alias?

    • #33 by brewski on November 18, 2013 - 5:58 pm

      Waiting for the outside review of Media Matters.

      • #34 by Larry Bergan on November 18, 2013 - 7:20 pm

        Honestly brewski, you don’t know the answer to your question?

        Ever since David Brock bolted in shame from his right-wing complicity and published “Blinded by the Right”, they have been so terrified of him and his upstart, (Media Matters), they haven’t dared to mention his name OR Media Matters.

        “Blinded by the Right” exposed everybody by name. The index is a who’s who of right wing lunatics and sociopaths.

        From what I’ve read from you here, he started with a similar background to yours. Things he experienced early on convinced him the left was attacking the leaders he looked up to, so he wrote a book attacking Anita Hill which put Clarence Thomas in the supreme court. Then he realized what he had done. He had harmed his own country. Hench the title of his book.

        I’ve been over this with you before and never seem to get a response.

        • #35 by brewski on November 18, 2013 - 8:11 pm

          If Mr. Brock had a mental breakdown then he should have consulted professional help rather than publishing total fiction on Media Matters. That site is a complete joke and with less credibility than a junior high newspaper. Absolutely nothing on that site is true.

  14. #36 by Larry Bergan on November 18, 2013 - 11:06 pm

    brewski:

    Read the book. “Blinded by the Right”.

    The book which must never be mentioned by cowards

    Period.

  15. #37 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 7:06 am

    No book changes the fact that Media Matters tells lies every day. Evidence is evidence. Period.

    • #38 by Richard Warnick on November 19, 2013 - 7:50 am

      You’re funny, brewski. 90 percent of Media Matters is simply quoting the inaccuracies media organizations like Faux News Channel put out.

      • #39 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 10:45 am

        I’ve read their “inaccuracies”. More like they are simply quoting anyone who doesn’t assume that Stadt-ism equals goodness. It’s worth a good laugh. Nothing else. Anyone who uses them as a source should seek therapy.

        • #40 by Richard Warnick on November 19, 2013 - 11:45 am

          Here’s a classic example:

          Dishonest Fox Chart Overstates Comparison Of Welfare To Full-Time Work By 500 Percent

          Seriously, does Faux News expect us to believe there are more Americans on “welfare” than working a full-time job?

          • #41 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 12:12 pm

            Looks exactly like the misleading charts your girlfriend/boyfriend uses when she/he is lying.

            She/he used this chart:
            http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/01/20/173738/report-incomes/?mobile=nc

            To try to make them seem evenly matched, the graph for union membership rate was scaled from 0 to 30 while the graph for middle class income share was scaled from 42 to 54. Then the graphs were superimposed on each other to try to make it show that they closely tracked each other. Scales for any negative trending data (or positive trending data) could be manipulated enough to show that they were “basically the same.”

            It also ignores the concepts of causation/correlation/lurking variables for those 2 data sets.

            Please send to me MM’s critique of that misleading chart.

          • #42 by Richard Warnick on November 19, 2013 - 12:40 pm

            I think you have “L” in LGBT confused with the “T.”

            Do you deny that union membership is correlated with middle-class income?

          • #43 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 2:12 pm

            I can tell you that there is a very strong correlation to union membership and the death of industries and jobs.

          • #44 by Richard Warnick on November 19, 2013 - 4:19 pm

            Now you’re going to blame unions for off-shoring?

          • #45 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 5:56 pm

            Ever hear of the downward sloping demand curve?

          • #46 by cav on November 19, 2013 - 6:36 pm

            Is that at all like ‘compressing the digital bit’ button?

  16. #47 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Chopping off the vertical axis scale is an old trick.

    Just like this chart:

    http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Screen-Shot-2013-08-06-at-8.11.39-AM.png

    Please send me the MM critique of this one.

    • #48 by Richard Warnick on November 19, 2013 - 12:43 pm

      In the Rachel Maddow graph you linked to it is clearly indicated that the Y axis is not to scale. Faux News never does that.

      • #49 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 2:11 pm

        The manipulation of the height of the bars is the same, little hash marks or not. Your girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s bars are still misleading.

  17. #50 by cav on November 19, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    OTO: Fox’s Krauthammer Claims Any Attempt To Reduce Inequality Will Harm Economic Growth got me to wondering:

    Who decided that ‘economic growth’ is the end-all and be-all of societal goals? Can there be no other goals? Or have the plutocrats so successfully implanted this into our societal consciousness that the idea that there could be other non-money related goals just goes beyond the pale of discussion?

  18. #51 by brewski on November 19, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Of course, Krauthammer said no such thing. Media Matters just made it up. I watched the entire clip and he never said that.

  19. #52 by Larry Bergan on November 19, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    I have to say that Fox “news” may have accurate figures concerning welfare and full time jobs.

    Ever since laws were passed, decades ago – per-Reagan -, that exempted employers from having to help provide heath insurance to employee’s who worked under 38 hours a week, there was a sucking sound towards NOT providing full time jobs. Employees always felt the pressure to excel or else, and hours were trimmed to make that clear.

    When was the last time YOU worked a forty hour week.

    Managers are forced to forget about using the “O” word. I nearly got fired from a my job of over 20 years for staying late without even asking for pay just so I could sleep that night. It added up to hundreds of hours without pay It wasn’t my managers fault that she got angry.

    Forty hour work week? What the hell is that?

    I have a disclaimer here: I wasn’t fired from the job I had for a quarter of a century, but went through a few corporate takeovers. Started out with Standard Optical which became Pearl Vision, which became Cole National, which became Luxotica, (Lens Crafters). One or a couple of those companies had a pension plan I didn’t even know much about, but I recently got a check in the amount of seven thousand dollars, which I richly deserved.

  20. #53 by Larry Bergan on November 19, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Media Matters was not wrong to point out the Fox “news” push to divide people who receive assistance and people who work.

    Jesus would be appalled!

    • #54 by brewski on November 20, 2013 - 7:34 am

      So Media Matters tells total lies, it doesn’t report total lies by lefties, but jumps all over misleading charts on Fox.

      Got it.

      • #55 by cav on November 20, 2013 - 7:46 am

        You ‘Got’ only what you’re willing to accept.

        May Santa bring you a bigger ‘Got’.

        • #56 by brewski on November 20, 2013 - 9:39 am

          I am sorry that documentation and evidence has gotten in the way of your pithy comments.

          • #57 by cav on November 20, 2013 - 2:37 pm

            My hope for better, bigger understanding is not for you alone, of course.

            You might be surprised how having such confidence in sets of numbers and supposedly objective ‘reality’ distances a person from some pretty meaningful stuff that just can’t be gotten too from such an unattainable position as being ‘objective’ – despite Ayn’s teaching otherwise.

  21. #58 by cav on November 20, 2013 - 8:04 am

    When someone complains that moving the country from oil use would hurt major American companies…remind them:

    “First off they aren’t American, they are multinational. Please remember that. They certainly do when they make their decisions. But times change, business changes. They will have to find something new to do or die. It is the nature of capitalism. Just think of it as a lay off notice for a corporate person. We will of course expand unemployment for the actual people affected by this.”

    • #59 by brewski on November 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

      If they aren’t American companies then why does the American government tax their earnings in Australia?

      • #60 by cav on November 20, 2013 - 2:39 pm

        Oh! Now, they pay taxes do they?!

        I had them pegged as ‘takers’.

    • #62 by brewski on November 20, 2013 - 3:18 pm

      Cav,
      Companies respond to rules just like individuals do. 20 years ago most other countries had higher tax rates than in the US. So the companies responded by shifting their income to the US and paying taxes here. Now the US has the highest tax rate of any country so now companies respond by shifting their taxable income out of the US. There is no news to that. It is entirely mathematically logical and predicable. So linking angry lefty blogs written by 23 year old baristas who have never run a business in their short lives doesn’t tell me much. But yet, the US does assess taxes on worldwide income of corporations AND individuals. Both do what they can to minimize them where possible.

  22. #63 by Richard Warnick on November 25, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Newsweek: Was Lara Logan’s Husband Involved In 60 Minutes’ Botched Benghazi Story?

    Logan’s husband, Joseph Burkett, was formerly involved in a widespread media propaganda campaign by the Lincoln Group in Iraq.

    • #64 by brewski on November 25, 2013 - 4:43 pm

      I don’t know why anyone would ever read MM.

  23. #65 by cav on November 26, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    LL wasn’t duped–she was an enthusiastic participant in a politically motivated smear. But it may very well have had a good deal to do with the sexual attack she suffered during the Egyptian uprising.

    • #66 by Richard Warnick on November 26, 2013 - 6:30 pm

      She was a warmonger long before that. But I’m sorry it happened to her. Maybe CBS ought to have laid on more security for their reporter in Tahrir Square?

      • #67 by brewski on November 26, 2013 - 8:51 pm

        Like maybe Hillary should have laid on more security for her employees in Benghazi?

        “But what difference does it make??!!”

        • #68 by cav on November 26, 2013 - 9:26 pm

          And she might have, had the republicans in congress not been so insistent on cutting spending.

          There must be a playground nearby, somewhere where crossing the street without parental assistance wont be too risky.

  24. #70 by Richard Warnick on December 9, 2013 - 8:02 am

  25. #71 by brewski on December 9, 2013 - 9:36 am

    4 Americans are still dead.

    Obama, Biden, Hillary, Rice, Panetta still lied.

    • #72 by Richard Warnick on December 9, 2013 - 3:19 pm

      Unlike the 9/11 attacks in 2001, an immediate investigation was ordered and conducted by the administration, followed by thorough congressional investigations within a few months. All questions were answered. Nobody lied.

      • #73 by brewski on December 9, 2013 - 3:33 pm

        You mean it all was really caused by the video? Really?

        • #74 by Richard Warnick on December 9, 2013 - 7:24 pm

          Maybe I should have said, nobody except the right-wing conspiracy theorists lied. ;-)

          • #75 by brewski on December 9, 2013 - 9:01 pm

            So, it all was really caused by the video? Really?

          • #76 by Richard Warnick on December 10, 2013 - 7:28 am

            Not really. And nobody in the Obama administration claimed that.

          • #77 by brewski on December 10, 2013 - 8:26 am

            Susan Rice is not part of the Obama administration?

          • #78 by Richard Warnick on December 10, 2013 - 9:30 am

            ABC’s “This Week”:

            JAKE TAPPER: So, first of all, what is the latest you can tell us on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in Benghazi? We’re hearing that the Libyans have arrested people. They’re saying that some people involved were from outside the country, that there might have even been Al Qaida ties. What’s the latest information?

            MS. RICE: Well, Jake, first of all, it’s important to know that there’s an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. That will tell us with certainty what transpired.

            But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.

            We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.

            This version of events was incorrect, but that’s not her fault or a “lie.” If being wrong on a Sunday talk show is such a terrible crime, how do you explain John McCain’s career?

          • #79 by brewski on December 10, 2013 - 9:32 am

            Yes, she lied.

    • #81 by Sean on December 11, 2013 - 11:10 pm

      Pot calling the kettle black.

      The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner;

      The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment;

      The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett;

      The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lieutenant Colonel Burkett’s source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody;

      The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents “were taken from Colonel Killian’s personal files”;

      The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format;

      The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lieutenant Colonel Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents;

      The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lieutenant Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so;

      The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and

      The telephone call prior to the Segment’s airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry – a clear conflict of interest – that created the appearance of a political bias.

      • #82 by Richard Warnick on December 16, 2013 - 11:59 am

        Dan Rather Got it Right: George W. Bush DID go AWOL

        And we can only speculate why Bush didn’t take his flight physical.

        • #83 by Sean on December 16, 2013 - 1:15 pm

          Lara Logan got it right. We can only speculate as to why Obama lied.

          • #84 by Richard Warnick on December 16, 2013 - 3:29 pm

            What makes me wonder is why the GOP and Faux News Channel have tried so desperately for an entire year to manufacture a so-called “scandal.” Could it be they’re afraid of Hillary Clinton running for President?

          • #85 by Larry Bergan on December 16, 2013 - 7:04 pm

            This whole thing is obviously a construct to go after Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination for president, which I, personally, hope she doesn’t. She’s been in “conservative” politics for too long and isn’t a progressive.

          • #86 by Sean on December 16, 2013 - 7:23 pm

            Did FNC force Hillary to lie?

          • #87 by Richard Warnick on December 17, 2013 - 2:44 pm

            Faux News is wrong. They are making stuff up.

  26. #88 by Larry Bergan on December 16, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    If you want to get in the mood of the time just after Dan Rather’s report, I don’t think there’s a better video then this one from Fox “news”.

    You have an actual liberal talk show host debating an actual right-wing-liar-for-Bush on a program called, “Heartland”, hosted by John Kasich, who is now the governor of Ohio.

    Watch Kasich struggle to be “fair and balanced”. Somehow, even though he was a member of Newt Gingrich’s congress, he just can’t seem to remember memorizing Gingrich’s word list or the list itself which was comprised of pejorative words to insert into interviews while talking about Democrats and words of praise while talking about Republicans.

    The theme of the segment on Fox was, “gutter politics”, but, of course something like that would only apply to liberals, huh?

    Mike gets upset after Kasich asks him why he’s only on satellite radio instead of regular radio, when, in fact Malloy was kicking right-wing ass in New York along with other true liberal talk show hosts who were beating Limbaugh by a mile. He just refused to carry corporate baggage, and kept losing his show.

  27. #89 by Larry Bergan on December 16, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    More from Mike, including audio in one of the links, here.

    • #92 by Larry Bergan on May 6, 2014 - 10:53 pm

      Wow, I didn’t know you could scratch bad reporting from LexisNexis. Money rules!

      TPM’s requests for comments from CBS and LexisNexis were not immediately returned.

      Not hard to believe.

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