CBS is conducting a 'journalistic review’ of a deeply flawed 60 Minutes story on the Benghazi attack that aired in late October. According to a spokesperson for the program speaking to McClatchy, the investigation began “the moment we confirmed there was an issue in our story." Earlier, the show simply offered an apology and general "correction" for the report, noting that the journalists behind it had been "misled" by its main source.
The report centered around a story of one security contractor named Dylan Davies, who had an incredible story about the attacks that turned out the be, well, not at all credible. Davies, under the pseudonym of Morgan Jones, told the station's Lara Logan that he scaled a 12-foot wall into the compound, took out an attacker with the butt of his gun, and viewed the dead body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. But earlier, Davies gave a different report to both his employer and the FBI, in which none of these things happened. He didn't even make it to the compound. The dramatic, made-up version of Davies's take is also the subject of a book published by a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation, something 60 Minutes declined to disclose in its initial report. That book has since been pulled from the shelves.