Tuesday Nov 12th’s wrap up discussion with myself, Kat and Eila on Naked News, ended with a poll question, do you think the CBS 60 minutes brief apology was sufficient? To vote, you can go to our facebook fan page facebook.com/nakednews. I am very curious what people think these days about the responsibility of journalism. A decade ago, there would have been a very public firing over this issue, now a 90 second apology, and just moving on, do we think this shrugging off is okay?
Lara Logan of 60 Minutes error filled broadcast on October 27. It was about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi Libya that left ambassador Christopher Stephens and 3 other Americans dead on September 11 2012. 60 Minutes relied on the “inside” information of Dylan Davies, a private security contractor who was clearly out peddling his book of lies. That book is now being pulled from shelves, his statement to the FBI being that he was not in fact a witness to the events as he claimed in the book and on 60 Minutes. Now the implications are far reaching, just for starters, Senator Lindsay Graham is using the event to block Obama’s nominations for Homeland Security and Federal Reserve, demanding first answers to what he perceives as a cover up. The idea of a conspiracy was most certainly additionlly fueled by the 60 Minute report.
Here is the 60 Minutes apology:
“We end our broadcast tonight with a correction,” Logan said this Sunday. She used Jones’s real name, Dylan Davies. After the broadcast, she said, “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, she said, “insisted the story he told us was not only accurate, it was the same story he told the F.B.I. when they interviewed him.” When “60 Minutes” learned on Thursday that, in fact, the F.B.I. report “was different from what he told us, 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.”
What do you think? Do we even bother trusting anything we see and hear anymore from anyone?