’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Scandal

By: Raeann Langas

60_Minutes_logo“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized Friday morning for the mistake she and the magazine made in their reporting on a story about the Benghazi attacks. One of their primary sources was a security contactor named Dylan Davies. Davies gave a detailed report of his actions during the 2012 attack. It later emerged that he told the FBI that he was not even present at the site where it took place.

In an article on CNN, it was said that this false report raised questions on whether the Obama administration did everything in its power to save the four Americans that died in the attack. Logan told CBS, “That’s disappointing for any journalist. It’s very disappointing for me.”

As a journalism student the importance of accuracy is pounded into your head. It only takes one misspelled name or a wrong street address to destroy your credibility as a journalist. The public relies on the media to bring them accurate news, and when the news is not accurate the journalist is to blame. In this profession, journalists are constantly judged by their accuracy and reliably.

The news show apology will hopefully regain the trust of the public but it will take time for the show to come back from the scandal. It is important for journalists to do everything in their power to make sure they are delivering an accurate story.

Have you ever made a mistake in your reporting? What other major scandals can you think of?

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2 responses to “’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Scandal

  1. Luckily, I haven’t made any major mistakes in my reporting. Then again, I tend to prefer writing lighter pieces versus hard news. The few times I have written heavy articles, I’ve put an extreme amount of time into fact-checking and ensuring I convey the truth. I appreciate being taught to do this now, though, to prevent bigger issues or retractions later on.

  2. It is important to invest time in your fact-checking in the beginning to prevent a scandal like this. Hard news pieces tend to scare me since it is so vital to get all of your facts exactly correct.

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