CBS places Lara Logan on leave after flawed Benghazi report

BY newsdesk  November 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM EDT


Lara Logan presenting the discredited Benghazi report on the Oct. 27 broadcast of 60 Minutes. She has now been placed on leave.

CBS News has announced that both Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan will take a leave of absence following an internal investigation over the flawed Benghazi story that aired on the Oct. 27 episode of 60 Minutes and included a now discredited account of events from former security contractor Dylan Davies. According to findings by CBS News Executive Director of Standards and Practices Al Ortiz, Logan and McClellan’s reporting was “deficient in several respects.”

“There is a lot to learn from this mistake for the entire organization. We have rebuilt CBS News in a way that has dramatically improved our reporting abilities. Ironically “60 Minutes,” which has been a model for those changes, 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.”- Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes

Logan issued an apology for the report on the Nov. 10 broadcast of 60 Minutes.