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CBS Puts ‘60 Minutes’ Reporter on Leave After Benghazi Story

Journalist Lara Logan
Journalist Lara Logan of CBS News questions U.S. soldiers at Camp Victory in Baghdad. Photographer: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- CBS Corp. put “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan on leave after finding their report on Benghazi “deficient.”

The news program aired a segment on Oct. 27 that purported to be an eyewitness account of the attack in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others dead.

An internal review by Al Ortiz, CBS News’ executive director of standards and practices, found that the “60 Minutes” reporting team didn’t sufficiently vet the account of Dylan Davies, the security contractor who was the focus of the story, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

The show also “erred” in not disclosing that a book co-written by Davies about the attack was published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is a unit of the CBS Corp., according to the memo.

“The ‘60 Minutes’ journalistic review is concluded, and we are implementing ongoing changes based on its results,” Sonya McNair, a CBS News spokeswoman, said in a statement.

“60 Minutes” is the most watched weekly newsmagazine on broadcast TV. In the season that started in September, the Sunday night program has averaged 13.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Palmeri in Los Angeles at cpalmeri1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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