The hosts of The Five debated Wednesday whether CBS News was right to suspend Lara Logan following an internal investigation into the botched 60 Minutes Benghazi report. Brian Kilmeade was convinced that Logan was “targeted” for her outspokenness on the Benghazi attacks, while Andrea Tantaros admitted that despite Logan’s reputation and reporting chops, CBS News made the right decision in suspending her.
Kilmeade highlighted how Logan previously spoke out in favor of going after the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack, calling it “the entire reason she’s paying the price right now.” Bob Beckel, however, wondered if her passion and emotions “colored her 60 Minutes piece” and so she was desperate enough to believe a liar and “didn’t use her normally good journalistic judgment.”
Eric Bolling defended 60 Minutes, urging caution and saying, “We can’t make the leap and say 60 Minutes rushed to judgment and gave her time off because she made a mistake.”
Andrea Tantaros brought up the fact that CBS News head/60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager did not get in trouble, and in the internal report released he “acts as judge and jury on this matter, rather than a co-defendant.” Kilmeade found it discouraging CBS didn’t stand behind Logan, but Tantaros said, “They’re making an example of her.” And because of the journalistic reputation 60 Minutes need to uphold, the suspension makes sense from their point of view.
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