Thursday, November 14, 2013


Johann Wagener 11-13-13

When I saw the woman with the painted eyebrows apologize I didn't know why, but thought she was doing the right thing. I just assumed she was referring to a misquote or a wrong date; maybe a misspelled name?

It came as a big surprise to later hear that she was referring to a whole segment of "60 Minutes" one of CBS's bastion of investigative journalism.  Murrow - Cronkite- Lara Logan ?


So, given all the forces at work here; News Organizations staffed by well trained craftspersons, reputable publishing companies filled with rooms of editors, how in the heck did a completely bogus story end up on 60 Minutes and Barnes & Noble's shelves?

Did it have anything to do with a lack of ethics, or flawed journalism? I doubt it (it's not FOX). Why, for example would a news outlet like CBS not report on publishing of a bogus book about Benghazi?

Turns out, even and idiot like me was able to boil it down to simply this; profits!

When it comes to journalism these days the "bottom line" trumps  everything else; even integrity I dare to say. Another sad saga in American Journalism that makes me wonder what  Cronkite would have said were he here  to report on this story today.

The original Oct. 27 story, which Logan and her producer Max McClellan worked on for a year, relied heavily on the testimony of a supposed eyewitness, Dylan Davies, a security contractor who claimed to have rushed to the mission compound on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Davies, using the pseudonym "Morgan Jones," is also the author of a book, "The Embassy House," published last month by a division of CBS (and since recalled).