'60 Minutes' Criticized Over Benghazi Apology: 'Wholly Inadequate,' 'Leaves Many Questions'

Lara Logan and Dylan Davies (inset)
Lara Logan and Dylan Davies (inset)
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Lara Logan issued her second apology over 60 Minutes' botched Benghazi report Sunday night, but many media commentators didn't believe it was enough.

Logan anchored the report that led the 60 Minutes broadcast in question, which aired Oct. 27 and relied heavily on an interview with security contractor Dylan Davies, whose credibility has since been seriously undermined by conflicting reports about his whereabouts on the night of the attack.

Logan's brief apology, which aired at the end of Sunday night's broadcast, came two days after her first mea culpa on CBS This Morning.

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"In the story, a security officer working for the state department -- Dylan Davies -- told us he went to the compound during the attack and detailed his role that night," she said at the end of Sunday night's broadcast. "After our report aired, questions arose about whether his account was true when an incident report surfaced. It told a different story about what he did the night of the attack. Davies denied having anything to do with that incident report and insisted the story he told us was not only accurate, it was the same story he told the FBI when they interviewed him."

According to his 60 Minutes interview and a memoir published by a CBS subsidiary about the attack, Davies arrived at the embassy as the attack raged. But he wrote in an official report that he was not actually present during the attack, though he has denied writing that report.

Logan said that after the segment aired, "we realized we had been misled and it was a mistake to include him in our report. For that, we are very sorry. The most important thing to every person at 60 Minutes is the truth, and the truth is we made a mistake."

Following the broadcast, a variety of media observers hit the Internet and Twitter to criticize the apology -- not only what was said but also what wasn't said.

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Craig Silverman, of the correction blog Regret the Error, told The New York Times that the apology didn't go far enough in explaining how a problematic story made it to air.

"Aside from the fact that it struck a very passive tone and pushed the responsibility onto the source, Dylan Davies, it said nothing about how the show failed to properly vet the story of an admitted liar," he said. "There are basic questions left unanswered about how the program checked out what Davies told them and where this process failed. In the short term, this will confirm the worst suspicions of people who don't trust CBS News.

"In the long term, a lot will depend on how tough and transparent CBS can be in finding out how this happened -- especially when there were not the kind of tight deadline pressures that sometimes result in errors."

PressThink blogger Jay Rosen agreed that there were many questions left unanswered and even argued that CBS News downplayed the role that other media, such as The New York Times, played in bringing to light the problems with the story.

"Two things stand out for me about this correction, besides its basic inadequacy for being so minimal," he wrote. "One is the passive voice: 'questions arose,' 'an incident report surfaced.' This wording allows CBS to erase the role played by other news organizations in forcing it to face the problems with its reporting.

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"Attention now turns to Jeff Fager, as the person at CBS (executive producer of 60 Minutes) who approved the final cut of a deeply flawed report starring a source CBS knew to have lied to his employer, and the executive at CBS, boss of the news division, who decided that it was time to move on from that mistake. Can that conflict of interest stand? So far it looks like it will."

Many others in the media hit Twitter to share their own thoughts about the mea culpa. Below is a sampling:

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