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LOGAN GIVEN LEAVE OF ABSENCE AFTER BENGHAZI REPORT

November 27, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

60_minutes60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has been handed an indefinite leave of absence after an independent review by CBS News’s Standards and Practices section determined that her Oct. 27 report on the 2012 Benghazi raid was “deficient.” In his report, Al Ortiz, the S&P executive who filed the report, also criticized “the editorial vetting process.” And, in an email to CBS staff, Jeff Fager, the producer of 60 Minutes, stated, “I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.” Fager was referring to an interview with security consultant Dylan Davies, who claimed to have been an eyewitness to the attack but who had earlier given conflicting testimony about his whereabouts on the night of the incident. Critics challenged numerous other allegations by Logan, including her unsubstantiated assertion that the attack was planned and led by al Qaeda. In his statement, Fager said that Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, who was also put on leave, should have taken “full advantage of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented [the discredited report] from happening.” Critics have claimed that 60 Minutes producers rarely consult with the network’s news staff, operating in a kind of separate fiefdom. “We are making adjustments at 60 Minutes to reduce the chances of it happening again,” he said. Fager is also chairman of CBS News.