Nightly News   |  November 08, 2013

‘60 Minutes’ apologizes for Benghazi report

Security contractor Dylan Davies, who appeared under a pseudonym, said on “60 Minutes” that he saw the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of the Benghazi consulate attacks, but it was revealed that Davies told the FBI he was not at the compound that night after all.  NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> tonight the cbs news broadcast " 60 minutes " apologized for a report it aired about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi , libya. a report they say they got wrong. this happens in journalism. there is no joy in reporting it, but as long as stories hinge on people and when people change their stories, it can happen. in this case the network is taking back its story. our report tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk.

>> reporter: on cbs this morning laura logan apologized to viewers.

>> you know, the most important thing to every person at " 60 minutes " is the truth. today the truth is that we made a mistake.

>> reporter: the venerable sunday evening broadcast, a staple for millions of americans, is respected in part for very rarely making mistakes.

>> it harms the reputation of all mainstream journalists whether they were involved in this story or not. it just adds more fuel to the public critique of whether or not they can trust what they hear on the air.

>> reporter: the mistake, cbs says, was airing an interview with a man billed as the first eyewitness to speak publically b about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi , libya.

>> morgan jones scaled the 12-foot- high wall of the compound that was still overrun with al qaeda fighters.

>> one guy saw me. he just shouted. as i got close i hit him with the butt of the rifle in the face.

>> reporter: the security contractor , dylan davies, who appeared under a pseudonym claimed he saw the body of ambassador chris stevens that night. it is the subject of a book he co-authored published by a subsidiary of cb srk. the washington post soon cast doubt on the versions of events. at first cbs news defended its reporting until it was revealed davies said he wasn't at the compound during the attack.

>> that was the moment for us we realized we no longer had confidence in our source and that we were wrong to put him on air.

>> reporter: the benghazi attack has been a political lightning rod from the beginning. with the white house coming under fire for its version of events. reacting to the " 60 minutes " story, senator lindsey graham threatened to block every presidential nominee.

>> 14 months after the attack, the congress has never had access to the survivors of benghazi .

>> reporter: simon and schuster announced it is suspending the publication and sale of the book. cbs will air another apology and correction this sunday. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.