60 Minutescorrespondent Lara Logan and her producer were ordered to take a leave of absence Tuesday following a review of how they handled an October story for the TV news magazine on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, The Associated Press reports.
An internal review obtained by the AP stated that the 60 Minutes duo did a poor job vetting their story, which included information from a security contractor who claimed he was at the U.S. mission in Libya when it was attacked. However, questions quickly arose about whether the contractor was actually there at the time and Logan later issued an apology less than two weeks after the report first aired on Oct. 27.
The internal review also concluded that Logan, 42, should not have been involved with the story after a speech she gave last year in which she argued that the United States' claim that its military had tamed al-Qaida was a lie. It's unclear how long Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, will be suspended.
"This deception got through and it shouldn't have," CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who is also an executive producer of 60 Minutes, said about the report.
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