CBS News slipped Lara Logan back on the air, under the wing of TV journalism senior statesman Bill Schieffer. Logan appeared on Schieffer’s Sunday Beltway show Face the Nation to do an explainer on the escalating situation in Iraq. Logan’s been absent from CBS News since delivering her on-camera mea culpa for the network’s botched 60 Minutes report on the US consulate attack in Benghazi. CBS News recently confirmed Logan was back at work.
“Perhaps, nobody at CBS News has spent more time in Iraq over the years, since the first Gulf War, than Lara Logan,” Schieffer said to announce Logan’s return.
Last week, CBS News confirmed Lara Logan was back at work after being ordered to take a leave of absence for her role in a story about the raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Logan was blasted for the October 60 Minutes report on the 2012 Benghazi raid on the since-discredited testimony of a security contractor Dylan Davies, who claimed to have witnessed the 2012 attack. An internal CBS report subsequently dinged Logan for doing the story at all, after she’d made public comments about the U.S. campaign against al-Qaida. Logan had been on a leave of absence over the report since November, when CBS News announced Logan and producer Max McClellan were taking their leaves of absence. (McClellan also is expected to return.) The move came after that internal investigation was released, and an announcement to staffers by CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes exec producer Jeff Fager, via a memo. Also at that time came out the full summary of findings by Al Ortiz, CBS News’ Executive Director of Standards and Practices, who had investigated the journalistic embarrassment.
Watch Logan’s return here: