Lara Logan and ’60 Minutes’ producer put on leave after discredited Benghazi report
CBS News confirmed on Monday that correspondent Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan had been effectively suspended from 60 Minutes after a discredited report on Benghazi that the network was later forced to retract.
“I have asked Lara Logan, who has distinguished herself and has put herself in harm’s way many times in the course of covering stories for us, to take a leave of absence, which she has agreed to do,” CBS News Chairman wrote in an internal memo obtained by The Huffington Post. “I have asked the same of producer Max McClellan, who also has a distinguished career at CBS News.”
An internal CBS review of the Oct. 27 60 Minutes report also found that “Lara Logan and her producing team were looking for a different angle to the story of the Benghazi attack. They believed they found it in the story of Dylan Davies, written under the pseudonym, ‘Morgan Jones’.”
Logan was later forced to apologize and issue a partial retraction after reports showed that her source, security contractor Davies, was not at the U.S. mission in Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attack as he had claimed.