News, scoops, reviews and more from TV land.
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was suspended today by the network in the wake of an internal report that determined the Oct. 27 "60 Minutes" story on the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya, was "deficient in several respects." CBS did not disclose terms of the suspension.
"60 Minutes" and Logan had earlier apologized for the story - which had extensively...Read more »
CBS last night gave the first indication that it doubted the veracity of a subject who was a prominent part of an Oct. 27 "60 Minutes" story on the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. And this morning, it officially admitted that the subject had misled them. (See post below.) "60 Minutes" will admit the mistake Sunday night.
Lara Logan, who appeared on "CBS This Morning," admitted that she and the show had been duped by Dylan Davies, who had said he had been at the compound during the attack when in fact he was not. A Washington Post story immediately called the "60 Minutes" piece into question.
"We did not know about that incident report [Davies had filed with his employer] before we did our story. When the Washington Post story came out, he denied it, he said that he never wrote it, had nothing to do with it, and that he told the FBI the same story that he told us. But as we now know, that was not that case." Here's Logan's disavowal, below, though she doesn't fully explain why that would seem to be a fairly simple and routine matter of reporting — checking the employer record on Davies' actions on Sept. 11, 2012 — had been overlooked. The Davies' revelations have propelled "60 Minutes" into the thick of a ferocious debate over whether the Obama administration has revealed everything it knows about what happened in Benghazi a little over a year ago:
"60 Minutes," which Oct. 27 aired a report on Benghazi that almost immediately came under attack as deeply flawed, has finally issued a statement after days of standing by the Lara Logan story:
60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by Morgan Jones of his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us, and if so, we will make a correction.
It's unclear what "new information" CBS is referring to. The network has already said it should have revealed that the subject of the report, Dylan Davies, who was identified in the story as Morgan Jones, had written a book that was to be published by a CBS-owned imprint (the network's been caught with its pants down on this sort of thing before, so no big deal). But the larger issue is that Davies told the program something that was at variance with the official report he had filed with his employer concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the embassy, where he was supervisor of the local guards protecting the mission.
He told "60 Minutes," for example, he had heroically scaled the compound wall during the attack to rescue the embassy officials -- four of whom, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed. But he said in his official report he was at a seaside villa, and couldn't get anywhere near it. That was not revealed in the "60" report and now he's thrown fuel on the political firestorm that has engulfed the attack and its aftermath for more thana year, with many critics insisting the Obama administration has engaged in a cover up.
"60" is now deeply in the soup, too.
If Dick Cheney thought if he was going to get a cozy, free promotional ride on "60 Minutes" for his new book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," he must have been surprised by the final product Sunday night.
It was tough, extremely tough, to the point where CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who conducted the interview, actually accused him of lying during his vice presidency about his heart condition. (About five minutes into the clip below.)
Obviously, whether you are a Cheney supporter or not, it was inspired to put Gupta on this story because just about anyone else would have been lost at sea. Gupta knew what to ask, how to ask, and how to pursue. It was very good. Not, by the way, that Cheney came off looking particularly bad -- he didn't.
He showed that old Cheney irascibility and obduracy the world came to know, and to either love or loath and fear, for more than eight years. But he was forced to address questions that he might normally not have cared to address, and apparently did not confront in the book either.
Some could argue that Gupta -- whom the Obama administration had once nominated for the position of surgeon general -- had some sort of political agenda, except the questions he raised were valid. Or that Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Atlanta's Grady Memorial in his spare time, isn't a heart specialist. That would also seem a stretch.
In any event, a tough, interesting "60" interview. Watch here if you haven't already. Newsday app readers go to http://bit.ly/174hlN2 if you want to hear Dick Cheney call himself Darth Vader.
Bill O'Reilly will open the 46th season of "60 Minutes" with a Norah O'Donnell interview about "Killing Jesus."
Check out the clip. (And Newsday app users, head on over to newsday.com/tvzone to see the full video.)
Meanwhile, this is also of interest: O'Donnell and the show visit Westbury's St. Brigid to talk to some former classmates of O; they relay tales of a student who would not normally be described as "model," but then O'Reilly cops to that charge as well. Here's O'Donnell reading presumably from one of his books:
O'Donnell: “Starting in grade school, I disobey the rules, mocked those in authority and brazenly challenged the accepted wisdom. My behavior back then was not much different from what it is today.”
BILL O’REILLY: (edit) And ain’t America great? I was a little thug. And now I’m getting’ paid millions of dollars for bein’ a big thug. (laugh)