Whose story do you believe about what really happened the night of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi -- CBS, Lara Logan, the FBI, security officer Dylan Davies? After a week of revelations and denials, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has apologized for the show's October 27 reporting on the Benghazi attack as told by Davies. "We were wrong to put him on air," Logan said. "We will apologize to our viewers and we will correct the record on our broadcast on Sunday night."
Dylan Davies gave a controversial version of the Benghazi attack on 60 Minutes and in his memoir, The Embassy House, published under the pseudonym Morgan Jones. But according to the FBI and an incident report by his employer, Davies' story is a big lie. So why didn't CBS figure that out before they ran with the story? And why does it seem like Lara Logan is the only one apologizing?
Here's what happened in broad strokes.
1. Lara Logan interviews Davies on 60 Minutes. Davies gives harrowing eyewitness account of the night of the terrorist attack on the embassy.
2. The Washington Post reveals an incident report by Davies' employer, contractor Blue Mountain. According to the report, Davies wasn't on the scene of the attack until the morning after.
3. CBS and Lara Logan stand by their report and the vetting of Davies. Davies claims he lied to his employer to protect himself because Blue Mountain had warned employees to stay away from the scene that night.
4. State Department officials state that Davies told the FBI he wasn't at the embassy until the morning after the attack.
5. 60 Minutes says they are pulling their report. Logan apologizes on air and says she and the producers were misled.
"The most important thing to every person at 60 Minutes is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake," Logan said. People are understandably outraged over what appears to be careless reporting. But I'm stuck on one thing: This is Lara Logan we're talking about.
Lara Logan is the reporter who was brutally attacked at a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square two years ago. She nearly lost her life. This is someone with a deep, sincere commitment to telling the truth. She has put her body, her life on the line. I think she gets just as hungry for a juicy story as any other reporter. But because of what's she's been through, I trust her integrity. Is that naive of me?
Logan defended her source up until this morning. I'm sure she's disappointed. I'm still a little skeptical about who lied about what here. But I know sources lie. A source lied to me just yesterday!
Logan did the apologizing this morning because she was the face of the story -- I'm sure she wants to take personal responsibility. But I don't think she should be the only one we see and hear apologizing, not by a long shot. Ahem, looking for quotes from executives, producers ... hello? Anyone? I kind of feel like she's being thrown out to an angry mob.
One more thing: Guys? Don't fucking lie to Lara Logan.
Does this debacle make you more skeptical of the government and media, or were you skeptical to begin with?
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