OOPS! A purported witness lied on '60 Minutes' about Benghazi
Lara Logan, show's producers rush to do damage control
We all make mistakes - but usually, not on national television. "60 Minutes'" correspondent Lara Logan has since admitted to making a mistake in regards to a story they did on the Benghazi attacks. Security contractor Dylan Davies claimed to have been a witness - but then later retracted, saying he had made it all up.
It was a thrilling story, but alas, just a story. Dylan Davies claimed to have been at the Benghazi conflagration last year; he was lying.
Davies had previously given Logan a hair-raising, detailed account of his actions during the 2012 attack. Turns out that Davies had told the FBI that he hadn't even gone to the site where it took place.
It marked the second occasion where Davies had been recorded as saying that he wasn't at the scene of the crime. CBS and Logan had previously backed him, saying that he had lied to his employer to protect himself.
Lying to the FBI carries far graver implications. "60 Minutes" pulled the report and said it was "reviewing" the new information to determine whether it had been misled.
"The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake," Logan said, calling it a very "disappointing" situation.
The emergence of the FBI was "the moment for us when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source." She said that the show had taken the vetting of Davies "very seriously," but that he had "misled" everyone.
When "CBS This Morning" host Norah O'Donnell asked Logan, "Why would you stand by this report after Dylan Davies admitted lying to his own employer?" Logan said that Davies had always portrayed that lie as part of a patriotic, selfless desire to help his fellow security workers, even though he was not supposed to be at the compound.
Simon and Schuster, the book company publishing the memoir by Davies that was the foundation of his interview with "60 Minutes," has since announced that it was pulling all copies of the book from stores and suspending publication.
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