CBS News ‘Reviewing’ Report from ’60 Minutes’ on Benghazi Attack

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Move comes after other news orgs question claims made by key source in Oct. 27 segment

CBS News issued a statement late Thursday acknowledging that “60 Minutes” is “reviewing” its recent report on Benghazi following days of questions about the veracity of claims made by a former defense contractor who claimed to be an eyewitness to the attack.

CBS News declined to elaborate on its decision beyond a statement posted on the newsmagazine’s web page. The online component of the Benghazi report was pulled off the site.

“’60 Minutes’ has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by Morgan Jones of his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us, and if so, we will make a correction.”

Questions about the accuracy of Jones’ claims surfaced immediately after the Oct. 27 broadcast. In the “60 Minutes” segment, Jones claimed to have been in the thick of the fighting around the U.S. diplomatic compound, having scaled a wall and hit a terrorist in the face with his rifle, among other assertions. The attack left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens dead and stirred controversy in Washington about the State Department’s preparedness and response to the threat of violence by militants in the Libyan city.

But according to the Washington Post, Jones gave conflicting statements on what he saw during the September 2012 attack by local militants to the FBI and other orgs as part of the investigations into the Benghazi incident. The Post also reported that Jones’ real name is Dylan Davies.

Should “60 Minutes” be forced to retract the report, it would be a rare black eye for the venerable newsmag known for its detailed reporting and fact-checking.

CBS News endured an embarrassing chapter nearly a decade ago when claims made in a “60 Minutes II” report about President George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard in the 1970s turned out to be based on documents that could not be authenticated. That incident led to CBS commissioning an outside investigation and the eventual ouster of CBS News president Andrew Heyward.

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  1. M Taylor says:

    As a result of their investigation into any erroneous reporting on Benghazi, CBS has a chance to leave the left wing liberal camp which always skews the news in favor of tax and spend politicians from both parties, and start living up to its responsibility to report goings on in a fair and unbiased manor. The founders of our constitution realized that those in power would always spin issues in their favor and a free press would be needed to report to the people the balanced point of view. But by looking for and embellishing news stories that favor the left or the right, CBS along with other news organizations fail in their responsibility to the American people.
    Wake up CBS!!! Fight with all your mighty might to be story neutral; to bring both sides of the story to light with equal polishing. As the free press, “You” to a large degree hold the future of our republic in your hands. Please resolve to trust the people to make the right informed decision, and stop trying to decide what the right decision should be while in the back room of your news compound. Let our children inherit a country that is based on the peoples ability to judge, and give them the chance to live under the decisions and programs of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Do it now to help make sure the future shape of America meets that test.

  2. Avid Reader says:

    Since CBS Corporation’s publishing arm, Simon & Schuster, is coming out with Davies new book, THE EMBASSY HOUSE, under the Morgan pseudonym, and detailing his account of the Benghazi tragedy, perhaps the FCC can look into this blatant commercial disguised as a news story.

  3. labman57 says:

    Davies got his 15 minutes on 60 minutes … and the American viewing audience should take his “witness account” with a boulder of salt.

  4. Winghunter says:

    “..Should “60 Minutes” be forced to retract the report, it would be a rare black eye for the venerable newsmag known for its detailed reporting and fact-checking..”

    Clearly, they didn’t fact-check this guy or they would’ve successfully fielded all questions AND if they didn’t bother to do their homework on this (of all stories) one, who would be gullible enough to believe they bother with others?? You perhaps.

  5. Mark Isenberg says:

    60 Minutes is not the same broadcast it was in the Mike Wallace,Ed Bradley era. Not when you have Charlie Rose and Dr.Sanjay Gupta among new contributors who are not journalists.Still,the Lara Logan report is troubling because it may have been difficult to verify the account offered.Ms.Logan having been molested in Egypt some years ago was not going to spend much time in the Middle East again. In the old days,even Dan Rather might have been reluctant to go to Libya and Gunga Dan did go to Kabul. I hope this is resolved quickly and more than a one sentence correction is offered by CBS News.

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