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Reporter Takes Leave of Absence After Bungling Story...

This is what CBS did in response to journalist Lara Logan's bungling of a 60 Minutes story on Benghazi:

In the aftermath of the Benghazi report, the problems with its sourcing were glaring, the kind that should have raised red flags. Logan’s interview subject happened to be selling a book on a politically conservative imprint owned by CBS News’s own parent company.

After defending the report for more than a week, Logan was forced to apologize and later take an indefinite leave of absence while CBS conducted an internal inquiry. Her colleagues, including veteran CBS correspondents Steve Kroft and Bob Simon, were apoplectic about the damage to 60 Minutes’ reputation. Morley Safer, the only founding member of the cast left on the 45-year-old program, went into the office of CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager’s office last fall and demanded that he fire Logan.

But Fager (who declined to comment for this story) refused. Instead, he said that Logan will return sometime this year. His decision sent a ripple of discontent through CBS News, prompting questions about Fager’s judgment. And as the months have rolled on, Logan’s return appears less and less certain.

Clearly, this did not take place in Chicago. Here, the media is so crooked they can say or do whatever they want, and when they are caught red-handed publishing stories that are not researched, that clearly got all the facts wrong, they shrug their shoulders and say, "So what?"

Such is the case in the local media's handling of the wrongful conviction movement. Despite all the evidence that the Chicago Tribune got the entire Anthony Porter case wrong, that they hammered the State's Attorney about the case with false evidence and never bothered to look into the case at all, the paper feels no obligation to clean up their mess, to initiate an internal investigation into the conduct of the main writers on the case, Steven Mills and Eric Zorn, as CBS did to to Logan.

Worse, these writers are allowed to go on writing about these subjects as if nothing ever happened. What would the Tribune do if a cop coerced a confession from a suspect? They would go nuts. But the paper refuses to investigate its own misconduct in the Porter case.

 

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