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I've just been reading CBS' own version of their retraction/takedown/denial/excuses and something just doesn't fit.  Their full statement is at the link.

Below are direct excerpts (in the order they appear) by Lara Logan from the CBS statement (bolding mine):

"60 Minutes" issues apology about Benghazi report

"...And after our report aired, questions were raised about whether his account was real after an incident report surfaced that told a different story about what he'd done that night..."

"He denied that report and he said that he told the FBI the same story he told us, but what we now know is that he told the FBI a different story to what he told us and you know, that was the moment, for us, when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source and that we were wrong to put him on air and we apologize to our viewers."

Last Thursday, the Washington Post ran a report that questioned the central parts of what Davies had told Logan, citing an incident report right after the attack that he gave to Blue Mountain, the security firm he worked for. He told them that he never made it to the compound, that he was at his villa there.

"We did not know about that incident report before we did our story," Logan said.

Asked why she continued to believe Davies after he admitted lying to his own employer, Logan said, "Because he was very up front about that from the beginning, that was always part of his story."

I'm sorry, Lara.  You can't have it both ways...

In one sentence you state that you didn't know about the incident report until after the Washington Post report.

But then you immediately contradict yourself by stating that lying to his employer was known by you up front from the beginning and "always part of his story."

Which is it, Lara?

Another of your statements is absolutely false:

"...that he was working for the State Department at the time..."

Every other news source seems to have had no trouble confirming that Dylan Davies was NOT working for the State Department, but in fact a British citizen working for a third-party British security company.

Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.  Did you attend the Rand Paul School of Journalism?  I'm surprised he didn't flunk you.

Nothing more below the spaghetti plate.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 12:59:55 PM PST

  •  Poll doean't offer (All the above). That's my vote (10+ / 0-)
  •  Shouldn't be long before Cato Institute (8+ / 0-)

    comes calling on Lara as a research expert.

  •  Covering her ass and someone else's (9+ / 0-)

    Sure her face was on the screen but I'm betting some producers and execs had a hand in all this as well and she's the one out front set up to take the fall.
    Eerily similar to one of the storylines that ran through Newroom this past season on HBO.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 01:09:00 PM PST

    •  no doubt about it. You're absolutely correct. (5+ / 0-)
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      kenwards, myboo, svboston, jan4insight, Lujane

      The thing goes beyond just cbs news and sixty minutes as simon and schuster is involved. This has executive dirty fingers all over it. Execs had too much invested in davies and his book to even entertain the thought that davies was lying.

      My guess is she's covering her own ass with a thread right now. She knows she's going to be the eventual scapegoat. Executives aren't the types to throw themselves on a grenade to save mere underlings.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:18:02 PM PST

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  •  At least she didn't plagiarize wiki (2+ / 0-)
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    Eman, jennyp

    for a believable mea culpa...

  •  I am sickened by these people, but having (1+ / 0-)
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    Eman

    watched the vid I think she is saying that she knew about the report to Blue Mountain all along because he told CBS that BM did not want him to go to the compound, but he went anyway, and he gave that reason for his report to CBS and report to BM being different. For some reason, CBS accepted this as reasonable behavior.  

    The report that she said opened CBS' eyes was the FBI report. She is saying that she did not see that report until after the program aired.

    I am not defending her. They are shit journalists. However, I do think she is talking about knowledge of two different reports that CBS became aware of at two different times.  

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:20:41 PM PST

    •  No, you need to read what she said (1+ / 0-)
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      rubyr
      "And after our report aired, questions were raised about whether his account was real after an incident report surfaced that told a different story about what he'd done that night."
      The Incident Report was filed to his employer.  Later he had an FBI Interview.  No dispute that those are two different things.

      In the next paragraph, in defending why she still believed Davies, Lara claims

      Asked why she continued to believe Davies after he admitted lying to his own employer, Logan said, "Because he was very up front about that from the beginning, that was always part of his story."
      She either 1) knew about the lying prior to taking the story public as stated in the second quote, or 2) the Washington Post discovery of the Incident Report was first known to her after the broadcast.

      She either knew of the lying "from the beginning" or she first learned about it the following Thursday.

      Pick one or the other, but it cannot be both.

      Knowledge of the FBI Interview didn't come out until a day ago when the story was taken down.

      "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      by Eman on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:47:26 PM PST

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      •  Okay. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:50:56 PM PST

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      •  There's an option 3 (2+ / 0-)
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        Miniaussiefan, Elwood Dowd

        He tells CBS that he told his employer he had not gone to the compound;  that doesn't necessarily mean CBS knew the employer had put that story into an incident report.

        I does, however, mean that CBS was dealing with a guy who told them he had  been lying to his employer, and that somehow made him credible.

        My head hurts.

        “The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all or cannot do so well for themselves”- Lincoln

        by commonscribe on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 04:40:01 PM PST

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        •  Yes, that's my reaction also. (0+ / 0-)

          Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

          by Miniaussiefan on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 06:12:41 PM PST

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        •  Read what Lara said. (0+ / 0-)

          SHE, not me, labels it an "incident report."

          "He denied that report..." (Para. 4)

          "We did not know about that incident report before we did our story," Logan said. (Para. 7)

          Asked why she continued to believe Davies after he admitted lying to his own employer, Logan said, "Because he was very up front about that from the beginning, that was always part of his story. And it -- the context of it, when he tells his story is that his boss is someone he cared about enormously. He cared about his American counterparts in the mission that night, and when his boss told him not to go, he couldn't stay back. So that was always part of the record for us. And that part didn't come as any surprise." (Para. 8)

          Lara knew "from the beginning" her source had lied when reporting to his employer.

          Using your option, the only thing Lara didn't know was that  a formal paper trail had been created of his incident report.

          "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

          by Eman on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:43:32 PM PST

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          •  exactly n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            Eman

            “The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all or cannot do so well for themselves”- Lincoln

            by commonscribe on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 05:26:53 AM PST

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            •  CBS knew all along it was a deliberate HOAX. (0+ / 0-)

              Lara and her producer (Executive "News" Director) knew "from the beginning" they had a star liar.

              Yet for over a week Deny, Deny, Deny was their answer.

              They tried to use the power of the CBS name to deny and stonewall...

              UNTIL THEY DISCOVERED THERE WAS A PAPER TRAIL.

              And now they apologize, but only to their "viewers," and only after Lindsey Graham, Faux Noise, and other Wingnuts pushed the lie constantly through the media.

              CBS News owes a huge and very public apology to President Obama, the Obama Administration, and Secretary Clinton.

              "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

              by Eman on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 09:34:43 AM PST

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  •  they'll have to fire Dan Rather again (2+ / 0-)
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    S F Hippie, jan4insight

    because you know if the tone of a story were from our side and it turned out to be questionable, someone would definitely get canned.

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 04:07:10 PM PST

  •  Wait and see (0+ / 0-)

    If 60 Minutes covers their error on air.

    •  They've said they will this Sunday. (0+ / 0-)

      Hard to see how they could get out of it now.

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 06:13:48 PM PST

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  •  Don't They Owe Apology to President, Secretary of (1+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight

    State Clinton, and State Department?

  •  Logan's got an axe to grind... (1+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight

    and she's definitely strongly motivated to push complete bullshit.

    From last year...

    Lara Logan Forgot She is a Journalist

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by richardak on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 10:24:45 PM PST

  •  This is far fro the first time Lara has been (0+ / 0-)

    a propagandist rather than a journalist.  She needs fired  yesterday.

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 03:34:05 AM PST

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