In a narrow sense, Lara Logan did say she was “sorry.” But the entire 90 seconds was aimed at obfuscating what happened.
Logan said 60 Minutes had found out Thursday that they had been “misled and it was a mistake to include him in our report.”
Include him in their report? He was the report. And even in conceding that her team had been “misled”, Logan tiptoed around the real news, which is that it seems clear that Davies’ entire story was a fabrication. He wasn’t there. So none of the stuff he did could have happened and he cannot have witnessed any of what he claimed to describe.
If you’d come to this 90 seconds without knowing anything that had happened over the last couple weeks, you would probably think that one person interviewed in a 60 Minutes segment may have been misleading in some of the things he said.
This gets to the core issue. 60 Minutes allowed a complete charlatan top billing on their show. He wasn’t part of a segment. He was the segment. And the piece made a big, big splash.
Now, it’s conceivable that Davies might have fibbed for whatever reason to his employers (though his explanation barely passes the laugh test). But at that point, you would definitely want to verify Davies account with the FBI. Even if he had told the heroic story to the FBI, the more immediate account would still give any good journalist serious pause. But apparently they didn’t even check it out with the FBI, even though CBS News has several reporters with great sources at DOJ and FBI. They just took his word for it - eventually though they’re relying on his book which is contradicted by his own original report. (One more detail, Davies said he lied to his employers but he also claimed he didn’t actually write the report to them. Again, how much does it take to warn these people off a liar?)
Logan’s critics have raised the fact that she seems to have very strong personal feelings about the attack and how the White House responded. I don’t know if that played a role or not. There was yet another red flag that Davies book (the publication of which has now been canceled) was published by the publisher best known for publishing Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Jerome Corsi.