Lara Logan Still Expected To Return To CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ – Sources

Lara Logan is still expected to return to CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” according to two people familiar with the situation, though the exact timeline remains unclear.

Logan’s status with the program came into question after the publication of an article in New York magazine which said her return “in recent weeks has not appeared certain”  in the aftermath of an embarrassing flub she made in an October 26 segment  about U.S. operations in Benghazi, Libya.  CBS earlier Monday declined to comment.

These people,  however, suggested nothing has changed since Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, took a leave of absence from the program in November. At that point, she was expected to return to the show, these people said, and that plan remains in effect.

Logan’s gaffe came about during the broadcast of a story that hinged on details offered by a security officer named Dylan Davies that turned out to be inaccurate. 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 show also failed to disclose the fact that Davies was the author of a book published by sister CBS Corp. unit Simon & Schuster.

The “60 Minutes” segment came under scrutiny after reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times questioning deatils offered by Davies.. 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.

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.

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