News, scoops, reviews and more from TV land.
Lara Logan has returned to "60 Minutes," according to an Associated Press report which confirmed that she was back at the news mag but did not clarify how long she had been back.
Quick refresher: Logan was put on a leave-of-absence after her October 2013 report on a contractor who said he had returned to the U.S. Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, after it had come under attack. Initially an embarrassment to the Obama administration -- which claimed to have no knowledge of the genesis or immediate aftermath of the attack which lead to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens -- "60 Minutes" later had to retract the report when it determined that the source, one Dylan Davies, had made the whole story up. An apology followed.
"60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon will get the Overseas Press Club's President's Award on Thursday night. That's one of the highest distinctions in journalism -- bestowed on those who have changed the course of journalism, as if changing the course of a river. (Last year's recipient was Tom Brokaw; Walter Cronkite was also one.)
The OPC typically celebrates the accomplishments of reporters...Read more »
If you missed last night's "60 Minutes," you missed Bob Simon's excellent piece on Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian TV star who is described as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," in large measure because Stewart inspired Youssef's style and TV show, which is a massive hit there.
Naturally, another observation did not go unsaid in the piece - what Youssef does is life-threatening. This is no mere entertainment, but a sharp stick poked at the authorities who tolerate much less on any given day. As a show of support and solidarity, Stewart appeared on Youssef's show over the summer while he was filming "Rosewater" based on the memoir of Maziar Behari, the Canadian Iranian journalist and human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran.
Stewart appeared on last night's "60 Minutes Overtime" to offer a further assessment of Youssef....Well worth watching: