Monday, May 5, 2014


Two interesting things to note today about 60 Minutes, which has had a tough time with its image in recent months.

Of course, a big part of their problem was the flawed report last fall that included claims from a former security contractor about events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. 

It turned out the contractor, Dylan Davies, had lied about most of what he claimed and had actually given different accounts to government investigators.  

Media Matters did a lot on the story at the time and named CBS News our "Misinformer of the Year" for 2013.

New York magazine is out with a big story on that issue today, which also asks if correspondent Lara Logan will ever return to 60 Minutes. It also has a lot of internal views of the situation.

This follows another strange 60 Minutes piece last night, a story on BP complaining about how it is supposedly being treated unfairly in the settlement agreements it made after its deadly explosion and oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago. 

The piece does little to really show how BP's complaints, which have included many full-page New York Times ads whining about having to pay up, hurt BP's image or appear petty. It also does little to show that such fraud is not unusual in these cases, or say anything about the 11 people who died in the disaster.

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