Colbert Mocks 60 Minutes' Benghazi Flub
Brings on eyewitness to events of show's newsroom
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2013 10:45 AM CST
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(Newser) – Stephen Colbert last night lambasted 60 Minutes for its Benghazi coverage that resulted in an apology: "CBS fact-checked the story, but when it turned out to be wrong, they fact-checked it for realz, y'all," Colbert said. He then discussed Lara Logan's apology "at the very top of the last minute of the show." Given that CBS News "is good at journalism," the only explanation, he said, is that "Hillary Clinton got to them."

Colbert brought on his own "eyewitness" to set things straight—an eyewitness who looked remarkably like actor Sam Waterston with a giant fake beard. He was an intern at 60 Minutes during the report, Colbert explained. The witness said he'd seen Hillary Clinton "swinging a bike chain" in the newsroom, yelling, "We're here to kill this story! Who wants to eat some chain?!" Then, he says, "she pistol-whipped Morley Safer." But then the witness revealed his true identity: Charlie Skinner, from HBO's The Newsroom, who launched into a tirade calling on newspeople to provide the truth. Finally, Colbert offered up an apology of his own.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 16, 2013 8:54 PM CST
Old bag of bones Dan Rather weighed in on a recent media interview. He compared his story about Bush to the Benghazi report. He said the facts were clear but the reporting was flawed. Really Dan, you approved and condoned outright mistruths and lies about the Bush incident. Truculent and obtuse as ever, Rather is intent on going down riding a horse right to the depths of hell. Dan, you don't realize that you supported a totally flawed report on Bush that did not need corrupting. Bush was a draft dodging, pot toting, rum guzzling idiot, he did not need any help looking lame. But your falsehoods about him did not help your image and for me, you are a grade A #1 p***k.
Econ_101
Nov 14, 2013 9:03 AM CST
CBS covers it's a.. because they misrepresented a story ? NO way jose !
LoginsSuck
Nov 12, 2013 3:58 PM CST
It's a sad state of "journalism", when the satirical comedy "news" show calls you out for not fact-checking and has done a better job at it too.