Lara Logan Returns To CBS News After Leave of Absence

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Lara Logan, who took a leave of absence from CBS News starting in late November after presenting a flawed “60 Minutes” report about a 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, has rejoined the CBS Corp. unit, a CBS News spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The spokeswoman, Sonya McNair, did not offer other details, such as when the veteran TV journalist rejoined the network or what assignments she might be pursuing.

Logan’s ersatz suspension came as a result of a CBS News internal review of a Oct. 27 segment broadcast on “60 Minutes,” which the network subsequently  found to be lacking in efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.

The review of the troubled segment by CBS News executive director of standards and practices Al Ortiz found the reporting “deficient in several respects,” including producers’ inability to check thoroughly the account of Davies, the main source of the segment who used the pseudonym Morgan Jones. The review also said “60 Minutes” should have disclosed the fact that Jones’ account had originally appeared in a book published recently by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, also a unit of CBS Corp.

CBS also found that Logan had pushed the boundaries of CBS News standards in a speech made a month before the Benghazi segment aired suggesting actions the U.S. should take in response to the attack on the compound. “From a CBS News standards perspective, there is a conflict in taking a public position on the government’s handling of Benghazi and Al Qaeda, while continuing to report on the story,” Ortiz said in the review.

Logan is best known for her work as a foreign correspondent, filing many reports from dangerous areas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as a “60 Minutes II” correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV, and as a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News.

Max McClellan, the producer of the flawed segment who was suspended along with Logan, is also expected to return to work.

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  1. Noel says:

    Brian William is a rare gem in the field of journalism. I watch the channel news because of him. He is fair
    to all irrespective to race and gender. If he is not there, I may never watch the channel anymore. He was a mistake, we all do. Let the perfect person that has not made a mistake before cast the first stone.
    Most intelligent people dream. Dreams lead to development and invention. Since 2003 if this is his only
    glaring mistake, it shows that he is mortal and subject to mistake like the rest of us. Let those who
    cannot accommodate that go to heaven and like with the angels who are perfect. I would recommend him for any award on Journalism any day given the opportunity. The world will be better if people forgive
    freely knowing we too are not perfect.

  2. Kei Garth says:

    they forced Rather out because he reported on a story that was essentially true, but was based on questionable information (which in the meantime has never been proven to be false or a forgery) .
    then Logan reports on a story that was not even close to the truth which was based on information that was totally invented… and she is able to return?!

    way to add credibility you guys!

    and though i find Logan immensely more attractive than Rather, i suppose the cbs decision makers not only agree with that assessment, but they seem to say that is more important than being an accurate reporter. cronkrite is spinning in his grave.

    • Cal says:

      60 Minutes abandons all pretense of credibility. The last time I watched an episode was when they issued their on-air apology for Logan’s false reporting. It was an extremely brief, half-*ssed apology tacked on to the end of the episode that gave no details about exactly WHAT they were apologizing for. I’ve never watched an episode since, and I’ll continue with that.

  3. Elaine Replogle says:

    Welcome back!

  4. Charles J. Wesoky says:

    CBS executives had their heads up their butts with this issue. Logan almost gave her life for them and did suffer mentally and physically in previous reporting. They are the ones who should have been suspended.

    • Cal says:

      Perhaps that mental suffering explains how she managed to work for a full year on the Benghazi story and never once figured out that her sole source was a lying con-artist.

  5. bsbarnes says:

    Welcome back, Lara Logan!

  6. Toon says:

    “deficient in several respects” about sums up all corporate network news sources

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