Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Right-wing hack Lara Logan returning to 60 Minutes

By Michael J.W. Stickings


Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the '60 Minutes' journalists who were put on a leave of absence following their now-retracted report on Benghazi, are set to return to the program early next year, POLITICO has learned.

Logan and her producer, who had unfinished projects in the works when they left in November, have started booking camera crews for news packages, network sources said. Their return could come as early as next month.


Logan and McClellan took leave following public pressure over an Oct. 27 report in which security contractor Dylan Davies claimed to have been present and active at the Sept. 11 raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Reports later indicated that Davies had told both his contractor and the FBI that he was not present at the compound on the night of the attack. Logan later apologized and "60 Minutes" retracted the story.

Despite public criticism and internal frustrations among some members of the "60 Minutes" team, CBS News chairman and "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager decided to stand by Logan. Earlier this month, he held a meeting with CBS News staff in which he defended the 42-year-old journalist, saying that as EP he was ultimately responsible for failing to catch the mistake.

Ah, but it wasn't really a mistake, was it? Logan gullibly (and also willfully) went with the story because it fit her political agenda, and she wasn't about to conduct even the simple checks on her source that would have exposed him as a fraud. It was the right-wing narrative that mattered, not the facts.

In any event, I'm not sure we should care. What with this bogus story and this past Sunday's shameful puff piece on the NSA, which essentially served as pro-NSA propaganda served up by the NSA itself through its gleeful CBS mouthpiece, this once-venerable news program has less than zero credibility. Having Logan back only proves the point.

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