Lara, 42, is in hot water after using a discredited source for her reporting on the Benghazi attack, which aired on Oct. 27 — and was asked to take a leave of absence from CBS on Nov. 27.
Lara Logan is an Emmy award-winning journalist — but due to her source’s false account of the controversial U.S. mission attacks in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, she agreed to take a leave of absence from her job as a foreign and war correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes.
Lara Logan Asked To Take Leave Of Absence For Inaccurate Reporting
Lara’s producer for the Benghazi attack segment, Max McClellan, also was also asked to take a leave of absence. It isn’t known how long Lara and Max will be away from their jobs.
“There is a lot to learn from this mistake for the entire organization,” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, said in an email to CBS employees, reported USA Today. “As executive producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air. I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through, and it shouldn’t have.”
Lara issued a public apology for her error in reporting on Nov. 8 on CBS This Morning. “Today the truth is we made a mistake and that’s very disappointing for any journalist,” she said. “It’s very disappointing for me.”
Lara Logan Used Discredited Source For Benghazi Attack
Lara’s report included an account from an eyewitness of the deadly attack. Dylan Davies was a security guard who worked for a British contractor, and claimed that he fought off an attacker, even though his employer told him to stay away from the compound.
While CBS’ reporting team was still piecing together his story, they found out that he completely lied about his account of the attack and was nowhere near it, but reported it anyway.
Al Ortiz, CBS News’ executive director of standards and practices, said the reporting error could have been prevented if Lara and Max used a “wider reporting resources of CBS News. It’s possible that reporters and producers with better access to inside FBI sources could have found out that Davies had given varying and conflicting accounts of his story,” Ortiz wrote in another internal memo, USA Today reported.
“The 60 Minutes journalistic review is concluded, and we are implementing ongoing changes based on its results,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair, the outlet stated.
— Ivy Jacobson