Nov 26 CBS News has asked "60 Minutes" reporter
Lara Logan to take a leave of absence following a flawed report
on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in
Benghazi, Libya, according to a memo from the chairman of CBS
News, Jeff Fager.
Logan's producer, Max McClellan, was also put on leave,
according to the memo, which was addressed to CBS News
employees. A copy of the memo was obtained by Reuters. Fager is
also executive producer of "60 Minutes."
"60 Minutes ... fell short by broadcasting a now discredited
account of an important story, and did not take full advantage
of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented
it from happening," the memo said.
On Oct. 27, "60 Minutes" aired a segment about the Benghazi
attack based on a security official who claimed he was at the
scene during the assault, in which four Americans were killed,
including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
The program corrected the report after it came to light that
the security official had given conflicting testimony to the
Logan relied on security official Dylan Davies who had
penned a book under the pseudonym Morgan Jones about the
Benghazi attack. He claimed he fought off an assailant during
the incident and saw Stevens' body.
Conversely, the FBI and the State Department said Davies was
not at the compound during the attack, according to CBS News
executive director of standards and practices Al Ortiz, who
wrote a detailed memo about the segment to CBS employees
obtained by Reuters.
Logan said later it was a mistake to put Davies on the air.
"The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' is the
truth, and today the truth is we made a mistake," she said on
"CBS This Morning" on Nov. 8.
Logan, her agent and McClellan could not immediately be
reached for comment.
Davies' book, "The Embassy House" was published by Simon &
Schuster, the publishing division owned by CBS, which has pulled
the book from shelves.
A CBS spokeswoman, asked about the leaves, said,
"The '60 Minutes' journalistic review is concluded, and we are
implementing ongoing changes based on its results."