CBS’s “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan admitted on Friday having made a “mistake” in a report about last year’s Benghazi attack in which American Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.
Logan said she was “wrong” to rely on her primary source, a security contractor hired to help protect the United States Special Mission in Benghazi, named Dylan Davies, whose credibility was in doubt.
Davis told “60 Minutes” that he entered the embassy compound on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, climbed a wall and even fought with a militant.
“One guy saw me and just shouted; I could not believe that he could see me because it was so dark,” Davis told CBS.
“He started walking towards me...and up closer I just hit him with the butt of rifle on the face … he went down … like a stone,” he added.
Davis said no one saw or heard him knocking down the militant because “there was too much noise.”
That story was mentionned in Congress to criticize President Barack Obama for not having sent U.S. forces to rescue the embassy staff trapped inside the compound.
Davis’ account first came into question when his employer, the Blue Mountain security company, reported that he never went to the embassy compound on that night.
Davis, however, insisted that he went to the compound, saying that he lied to his contractor in order not to appear as disobeying orders. This made the CBS, initially, stand by the account he gave them.
But when the New York Times on Thursday published a story revealing that Davis also told the FBI that he never went to the embassy compound on the night of the attack, doubts into the CBS report emerged.
That prompted Logan to retreat from her story, admitting she made a mistake.
“The most important thing to every person at ‘60 Minutes’ is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake and that’s very disappointing for any journalist; it’s very disappointing for me; nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake but if you do, you have to stand up and take responsibility and you have to say that you were wrong and in this case were wrong,” Logan told “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell.