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Lara Logan Takes Leave After Botched Benghazi Report

'60 Minutes' reporter and her producer punished by CBS

(Newser) - Lara Logan is out at 60 Minutes, at least temporarily, because of her bogus piece on Benghazi, reports the Hollywood Reporter . CBS News, which has retracted and apologized for the story, says it forced Logan and producer Max McClellan to take a leave of absence of unspecified duration. Logan's... More »

Colbert Mocks 60 Minutes' Benghazi Flub

Brings on eyewitness to events of show's newsroom

(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... More »

60 Minutes 'Very Sorry' for Bogus Report on Benghazi

Dylan Davies report continues to raise questions

(Newser) - After acknowledging 60 Minutes' " mistake " on CBS This Morning Friday, Lara Logan last night offered a full apology for the show's Benghazi reporting. Referring to the case of former security officer Dylan Davies, she said: "On Thursday night, when we discovered that the account he gave... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

New Bio: Cronkite Was on the Take

He accepted scads of free Pan Am trips, says Brinkley book

(Newser) - It seems our apparently squeaky-clean fatherly news king Walter Cronkite was not above accepting major freebies from none other than Pan Am. That's the dirt from a new biography on Cronkite, that claims he cut a deal in the 1970s with the airline to fly him, his family and... More »

GOP Debate's Clear Loser: CBS

Bachmann's torqued over misfired email, complaints abound

(Newser) - If Rick Perry was the big loser in Wednesday's debate , then last night's CBS/National Journal debate also has an official whipping boy: CBS. Michele Bachmann is ripping the network for the lack of time she got, and she's got ammunition in the form of an errant email... More »

Andy Rooney Dead at 92

60 Minutes commentator delivered final essay last month

(Newser) - Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator who spent more than 30 years wryly talking about the oddities of life for 60 Minutes, died last night at age 92. Just a month ago, Rooney delivered his last regular essay on the CBS newsmagazine. The network said he died in New York from... More »

Andy Rooney Ending Role on 60 Minutes

92-year-old has been contributor since 1978

(Newser) - Curmudgeon wanted: Andy Rooney is calling it quits from 60 Minutes, says CBS . The 92-year-old will announce the move at the end of this Sunday's essay, which the network notes will be No. 1,097 since 1978. Though a network fixture, Rooney has run into repeated criticism that he'... More »

Lara Logan: I Was Stripped, Nearly Scalped

More gruesome details from Lara Logan's sex assault by Egyptian mob

(Newser) - CBS correspondent Lara Logan was convinced she was dying as she was sexually molested by a crazed mob of Egyptian men, but was saved at the last minute by a woman wearing a burka. All she could see was "just her eyes," she said on 60 Minutes last... More »

Is This Man Replacing Katie Couric?

CBS sources tell TMZ Scott Pelley is the future anchor

(Newser) - Drumroll please: Katie Couric's replacement at CBS Evening News will be ... Scott Pelley. At least, if TMZ is to be believed (and remember, the gossip site did scoop the world on Michael Jackson's death and the Obamas' dog ). CBS network sources say Pelley, a veteran journalist and 60 Minutes... More »

Latest Casualty of World's Upheaval: Media Budgets

From Libya to Japan, the money's running out

(Newser) - There’s been a lot of news around the world in 2011—too much, in fact, for some news organizations to handle. Japan, Libya, and Egypt have stretched already tight cable and broadcast news budgets to the breaking point, The Wrap reports. “We've already had a year's worth of... More »

Lara Logan Out of Hospital

CBS reporter resting at home with family after Egypt assault

(Newser) - One bit of good news in the Lara Logan story: She's out of the hospital and resting at home in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children, reports ABC News . The 39-year-old CBS journalist was earlier said to be in "remarkably good spirits" despite her sexual assault and... More »

Assange: WikiLeaks Shares Founding Fathers' Values

Site doesn't 'go after' anyone, he tells CBS

(Newser) - Julian Assange says he doesn’t dislike the US; instead, WikiLeaks is motivated by the same values as the Founding Fathers. “Our founding values are those of the US revolution,” he told 60 Minutes last night. “They are those of people like Jefferson and Madison.” Indeed,... More »

CBS Reporter, Wife Busted for Growing Weed

Cops: radio correspondent nabbed with 11 plants

(Newser) - A celebrated CBS reporter and his wife have been arrested in DC for possession of pot and intent to distribute, reports Radar . Howard Arenstein, a correspondent for CBS Radio News, and his wife, Orly Azoulay, a correspondent for an Israeli newspaper, were busted for growing 11 marijuana plants (average height:... More »

Is Couric Dissing Palin in Old Tape?

Yes, say conservative sites; not a chance, says Mediaite

(Newser) - Right-leaning websites such as Conservatives4Palin are jumping on a 2008 video they say shows Katie Couric "mocking" Sarah Palin. In the footage, taken the day Palin was picked to be the VP candidate, Couric struggles off air with the names of the candidate's kids. "Where the hell do... More »

Girls Gone Wild's Joe Francis Engaged

Joe Francis proposes domestic partnership

(Newser) - Shockingly, there’s a woman out there who’s agreed to spend the rest of her life with Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild fame. Francis proposed—kinda—to his CBS reporter girlfriend of 4 years in St. Tropez, but he and Christina McLarty won’t actually be getting married.... More »

Who Gets Helen Thomas' Front-Row Seat?

Opening in White House press room ignites speculation

(Newser) - Fox News and Bloomberg have already called dibs on the front-row seat in the White House briefing room held for decades by Helen Thomas, but will either one get it? The White House Correspondents Association will make the call, and Thomas, who retired in disgrace today , isn't talking. Pretty much... More »

Letterman to NYPD, Prosecutors: Thank You

Robert Halderman cops plea in $2M blackmail case

(Newser) - The David Letterman blackmail case ended with a guilty plea today, and the Late Night host wasted little time thanking the prosecutors and investigators who nailed Robert Halderman. "I’d never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and... More »

Next for Katie Couric: Pay Cut or New Job?

Her contract up next year, Couric is sure to face a pay cut or worse

(Newser) - With reports of a 150-person layoff at her network on Monday and just about a year left on her contract, Katie Couric's future is uncertain. Her bosses at CBS have given no indication whether they plan to keep her, but even if they do, "I would be flabbergasted if... More »

Fox Most Trusted Network: Poll

CNN ranks second, as Americans favor outlets they agree with

(Newser) - Americans consider Fox the most trusted name in news broadcasting, a poll released yesterday found. Some 49% of the 1151 registered voters surveyed by PPP said they trusted the network's news coverage, 10% ahead of CNN. Fox also recorded the lowest level of distrust, 37%. The major networks fared the... More »

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