CBS News declined to comment on the status of its well-known “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan following the publication of an article in New York magazine that suggested the journalist’s return to the program after making an embarrassing flub in a segment broadcast last October about U.S. operations in Benghazi, Libya, was not definite.
When asked for an update on Logan’s status with the network and a day when she might return, “60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco replied, “We will decline to comment” via email. The New York article, by writer Joe Hagan, said Logan’s return to the venerable newsmagazine “in recent weeks has not appeared certain.”
Logan took a leave of absence from the show in November, the result of a CBS News internal review of the Oct. 27 segment about Benghazi. The network found the report to be lacking in its efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.
The “60 Minutes” report came under scrutiny after reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times suggested Davies, the security officer whose statements provided the grist for the segment, had given inaccurate information to the CBS program.
During the Nov. 20 broadcast of “60 Minutes,” Logan delivered a rare on-air mea culpa, telling viewers that producers came to realize they had “been misled, and that it was a mistake to include him in our report” after a discovery that Davies had given a different account of his time in Benghazi to the FBI. In the segment, Davies claimed to be an eyewitness to the attack by insurgents that left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead.
The New York profile alleged Logan enjoyed a favored status at CBS News that others did not, and was allowed to break rules regarding overseas security for correspondents and even venture into punditry. Her producer on the segment, Max McClellan, has also been suspended.