Friday Update: CBS and Lara Logan apologize. Just a mistake. No word on any firings, which must follow. Looks like they want it just over and done with. Gross journalist malfeasance. Remember, Logan boasted about her intimate involvement with the story for a full year. Unlike, say, Dan Rather, who got called in and was more of a host, not chief reporter. And here, Charles P. Pierce notes that just this week it emerged that Rather was getting shunned by CBS in its upcoming JFK assassination 50th anniversary coverage.
And let us also recall Logan trashing Michael Hastings' reporting.
Erik Wemple at Washington Post seems to think Lara Logan and CBS apology is enough. Far from it. Yet many media writers today appear to feel that the apology is enough, if CBS expands on it and provides more of a tick-tock.
Simon & Schuster has now pulled the Jones "memoir."
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Late Thursday: After days of criticism, and its stout defense yesterday, tonight comes word that CBS and 60 Minutes now (finally) have doubts about their star witness in the recent Benghazi report.
“We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us,” CBS related in a statement on its 60 Minutes website. Politico’s Mike Allen tweeted: “SIREN: ‘60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts the account…by Morgan Jones of his actions’ on night of Benghazi attack.”
The New York Times had just reported that contrary to the claims of contractor Dylan Davies (alias Morgan Jones), he gave the FBI the same story he gave his boss after the Benghazi attack—which directly contradicts what CBS fell for (thanks to him) and what he wrote in the book he is flacking.
Correspondent Lara Logan just yesterday backed his claim that he gave the FBI and her the same claims and chain of events. Wrong. We predicted all this days ago. And Logan and her producer, if this implosion continues, must go, promptly, a la Dan Rather.
The 60 Minutes website just removed all the links to its Benghazi segment including the Morgan Jones interview. More soon.
Greg Mitchell explores the inconsistencies in the original "60 Minutes" report.