TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

CBS admits it was duped by Benghazi source in '60 Minutes' interview

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, '60 Minutes' reporter Lara Logan takes part in a panel discussion at the Showtime Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. CBS says it was misled by a '60 Minutes' source who claimed he was on the scene of a 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it turns out now that he was not there. Logan on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 said that CBS apologizes to viewers and will issue a correction to its Oct. 27 story Sunday on '60 Minutes.' (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP</em></div>FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, '60 Minutes' reporter Lara Logan takes part in a panel discussion at the Showtime Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. CBS says it was misled by a '60 Minutes' source who claimed he was on the scene of a 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when it turns out now that he was not there. Logan on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 said that CBS apologizes to viewers and will issue a correction to its Oct. 27 story Sunday on '60 Minutes.'  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
-

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — CBS News admitted on Friday it was wrong to trust a “60 Minutes” source who claimed to be at the scene of a 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and the publisher of the source's book on the incident has halted its publication.

“There are so many people out there who have the potential to deceive a news organization,” said Jeffrey Fager, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer. “We do our best and I think we do very well at spotting them. This time, I really feel like one got through and it's extremely disappointing.”

The correspondent responsible for the Oct. 27 story, Lara Logan, said the newsmagazine would correct its story on Sunday night. She interviewed ex-security contractor Dylan Davies, who claimed he took part in fighting terrorists at the U.S. compound. His story was quickly questioned, and his credibility finally crumbled with a New York Times report late Thursday that revealed the FBI said the story Davies told them didn't match what he told CBS.

“That's when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source, and that we were wrong to put him on the air, and we apologize to our viewers,” Logan said on “CBS: This Morning.”

With it now unclear where Davies had been, publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday it was withdrawing his book, “The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There.” It was published on the conservative Threshold Editions imprint, owned by CBS Corp., two days after the “60 Minutes” story.

Davies wrote the book under the pseudonym Morgan Jones, which is how “60 Minutes” identified him in Logan's story about Benghazi.

In the story, pulled from the “60 Minutes” website overnight, Davies talked about rushing to the scene where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed, and striking an attacker in the head.

But the Washington Post last week uncovered his identity and noted that Davies provided a written report to his British employer saying he was unable to reach the U.S. compound.

CBS said it knew all along that Davies had told his bosses at the Blue Mountain security firm a different story, and that Davies had claimed the contradictory report had not been written by him.

Logan said CBS has tried and failed to reach Davies again. A spokesman for Davies' publisher said that their author is not talking.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Clintons hauled in $139M in past 8 years
  2. Despite U.S. dollars and bombs, effort failing to squash ISIS
  3. Dusty Atlantic Ocean thwarts tropical storms
  4. Analysts expect French laboratory will be able to provide details from examination of jet part
  5. Fires’ fury unabated in California
  6. Baltimore slayings climb to level unseen in decades
  7. Planned Parenthood recordings release halted by judge
  8. Global lion population falling primarily because of loss of habitat, experts say
  9. Suspect in South Carolina church shooting wants to plead guilty to hate crimes, attorney says
  10. Feds eye use of federal dollars for ads for for-profit colleges
  11. Amid 4-year drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling in California