"60 Minutes" has admitted error in Benghazi Report. On "CBS This Morning" Friday, November 8, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan said, "We made a mistake. Nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake, but if you do, you have to stand up and take responsibility and you have to say that you were wrong. And, in this case, we were wrong."
Logan, who's responsible for the October 27 story, said the newsmagazine would correct its story this Sunday. She added that when they learned contradicting story from the FBI, based on a New York Times report, "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."
Jeffrey Fager, CBS News chairman and "60 Minutes" executive producer, has also apologized for the error in an interview. "Credibility is really the most important thing we have," he said. "Did we let people down? Yes. Do people expect us to get it right? Of course they do. Do they expect us to be perfect? I don't think so. When you come forward and admit a mistake, people will understand."
Fager additionally told The Associated Press, "There are so many people out there who have the potential to deceive a news organization. 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."
Logan anchored the "60 Minutes" report on the Benghazi attacks that relied heavily on Dylan Davies' story. His credibility has been undermined as he told different different versions of the events. In an official report, he wrote that he was not actually present during the attack, but in his "60 Minutes" interview and a memoir, he said that he was present the scene of the attack where U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed.
"60 Minutes" initially stood by Logan's story. The network was convinced that Davies had had motivation to lie in the incident report because his superiors at Blue Mountain told him not to the mission the night of the attack but he disobeyed the order.
Logan said CBS tried to reach Davies again but failed.