Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CBS Orders Leave For Lara Logan, Producer

Lara Logan
The fallout continues over at CBS News. Following multiple on-air apologies for a faulty 60 Minutes report, veteran broadcaster Lara Logan has taken an immediate leave of absence from the venerable news magazine -- alongside producer Max McClellan.

THR reports CBS News chief Jeff Fager announced the news today in a staff memo, following an internal "journalistic review" from CBS standards and practices that determined the series' Oct. 27 report about the 2012 attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was not properly vetted. It's the latest development since the network made the decision to retract the story, which relied heavily on misinformation from a source and supposed witness to the events, Dylan Davies.

Holes in Davies' story were first pointed out by an FBI report that contradicted his statements. "As soon as we learned about the FBI report, we knew right away. All of us. There wasn't any debate about it," Fager told The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of the retraction. "He deceived us. He works very hard at his deception. There are a lot of people out there who try to deceive reporters. And I think we're really good at finding it. We worked this one hard."

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