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Showing posts with label Dylan Davies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dylan Davies. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

CBS Starts Process Of Coming Clean On Lara Logan and Dylan Davies Benghazi Report

After waiting just over one week in anticipation of how CBS would handle its role in the most recent foray into Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), the network has stepped up. We thought sharing a couple of reader comments from Media Matters's would add flavor to CBS' grievous misguided following Fox News down a path of misinformation.
I expected different from CBS. I guess the Foxification of the other networks continues, CNN is already Fox Lite, and right-wing ditwit Jonathan Karl is White House reporter for ABC. 

It certainly won't with me, not that it counts for a lot with the CBS brass. 60 Minutes used to be the crown jewel of television reporting, now they bring on some loser who falsified his story and then give the clown a book deal under a CBS subsidiary. Lara Logan then quips, oopsie! that was an "err" not to report that we are basically paying the guy for the story - a story that has been proven to be a lie.

How the mighty have fallen. Sad.
Doesn't CBS know the "Gather em, Record em, and Broadcast em" path is the exclusive domain of Fox News? Some Media Matters readers are calling Fox led ODS: Foxification.  We think it very apropos. Networks are vying for ratings via 'red meat' stories which resemble the Fox News Model current event/propaganda information model.

Does the addition of Lara Logan to the 60 Minutes Team mean it has (in some way) lowered its journalistic standards? Since, we know on-air personalities have producers and broadcast writers, where are the 60 Minutes team members who seek to verify and re-verify stories. Yes, the Dylan Davies episode reminds of Ruppert Murdoch new operations.

Here is a snippet of the previously referenced Media Matters piece.
The controversy stems from the October 27 edition of CBS' 60 Minutes, in which Davies, who used the alias Morgan Jones, claimed to be an "eyewitness" of the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. He claimed that during the attack he entered the compound, confronted an attacker, and later went to a Benghazi hospital where he claimed to have seen Ambassador Chris Stevens' body -- a story that, according to The Washington Post, did not match the account in an incident report he gave in which he said he "could not get anywhere near" the compound the night of the attack.
After the revelations from the Post, Media Matters chairman David Brock called on CBS to retract its report. Many veteran journalists and media ethicists criticized 60 Minutes' reporting. Facts also emerged about the connection between CBS and Davies' repeated attempts to "profit off his brush with disaster," according to Foreign Policy magazine: 
Jones has other ways of cashing in as well. This week, his book titled The Embassy House was published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is a part of CBS Corporation, which owns 60 Minutes -- a fact not disclosed in the 60 Minutes story. His book is also going to make it on the silver screen. In October, Thunder Road acquired The Embassy House for a feature on the Benghazi attack produced by Basil Iwanyk and executive produced by Taylor Sheridan. 
Despite admitting error in failing to inform viewers on the financial conflict, CBS still "aggressively defended the report's accuracy," including Davies' account of the attacks, according to the Times. What's more, Logan, who interviewed Davies for 60 Minutes, blamed "intense political warfare" for the criticism of her report and claimed that, despite the fact that he admitted he lied in at least one of his accounts of the attacks, Davies "never had two stories. He only had one story." Logan failed to specifically address any of the problems with the report.
Read much more, here.

Comments posed above are "point-on." As a nation we are possibly seeing the impact of high ratings (Fox News evening shows) as a 360 degree symbiotic relation with people who love "red meat." People who respond to surveys that included a question about armed revolution (Sean Hannitys website) despite the fact the question may have embodied a form of sedition. Viewers who apparently welcome O'Reilly's and Hannity's crass shouting at guest and unprofessional name calling. Without a doubt, Fox appeals to "non information" ODS people, who feed off stories that are are either, fabricated, twisted for impact, or misleading. Should we expect long-standing credible media to join the quest for viewers (revenues) to the point of rushing to broadcast at the expense of journalistic commonly accepted standards? If we accept such, recent examples from ABC (1, 2), CBS, NBC and associated affiliates we must also accept the networks are turning their corporate mission\s and focus to revenue driven propaganda. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dylan Davies Lays A Path of Lies and 60 Minutes Follows

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The ongoing story about an alleged rescuer of the remaining Americans at the Benghazi Consulate (and Embassy) is becoming increasing convoluted. After separate stories from Fox News and (we hate to keyboard it) CBS's 60 Minutes ran stories from British security "mercenary", Dylan Davies, we are finding how Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) has permeated networks with past records of investigative credibility. 60 Minutes producers have allowed themselves to be drawn into a vicious web of deceit and lies. There is no network television news magazine considered as credible as 60 Minutes. Even the 1970s Iranian hostage crisis day to day countdown and reporting on ABC's Nightline took second tier to 60 Minute's weekly must see segments. The CBS News magazine has storied history of a television news segment giant. 

Yet, even giants fall when the giants place themselves on ground that is supported with nothing more than book deal, ratings grabbing and politically expedient foundations. Fox News fits the profile like a conservative glove. 60 Minutes's step onto the quicksand of ratings baiting was deplorable act and led to a quick immersion into "yellow" journalism.

If you are only peripherally aware of the 60 Minutes credibility hit, we have linked articles from three pieces from Media Matters.

60 Minutes Takes a Huge Credibility Hit 

Fox Rushes To The Defense Of Benghazi "Eyewitness" Who Admitted He Lied

Fox Goes To Bat For 60 Minutes Benghazi "Witness" Who Admitted He Lied

One piece from The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Benghazi Whistleblower Says He Was Smeared

Dylan Davies says he was smeared. Davies reminds of many on the political Right. Once caught, they seek excuse, rational and deflection.  

We view Davies as an opportunist with dollar sign "sugar plums" clouded above his psyche and his motives. 

Fox News? 

We do not expect better and would be surprised if Fox had taken a different perspective on the Davies report. If anti-administration comments are stated by any source, Fox News will broadcast the story. The network must save millions on daily broadcasts without the backroom probing of a research department. Why pay for researchers and competent journalistic minds while paying millions to host who will read anything placed in front of their eyes? Feeding viewers and "LIVS (low information voters) misinformation simply does not require investigation and questioning minds. 


If the Davies and Laura Logan's episode is non-credible the network should broadcast comment about following the wrong path.  


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Benghazi As Political Strategy And Television Ratings Magnet!

Media Matters adds to its revelations about 60 Minutes Benghazi fall into "Yellow" journalism.

As you follow the 60 Minutes version of Fox News, add a another perspective to your gray matter.  As we consider the attacks, a critical issue remains unanswered: "Why the fixation on the Benghazi tragedy when our history includes attacks on embassies and consulates that resulted in hero accolades for the victims along with no lingering attacks of previous administrations?" 

The meme and chart provide clear evidence of the dangers of ambassadorial service.  My memory may fail me, but I do not recall any level of political strategy and right-wing mantra associated with the many deaths and injuries. In fact, the chart just above shows far more attacks when republicans occupied the White House.  

While, the question is rhetorical, we will ask: "Why is Benghazi different?"  "Why is it such a lingering focus Benghazi when Congress refused additional embassy security funding worldwide?" Why are the deaths in Banghazi not considered with Ambassador Stevens three times refusal of additional security forces at the embassy?"  The questions are rhetorical; the answer lies in politics.  If you need more think about Hillary Clinton 2016, and President Obama's legacy.  Think really hard about 2016.

Here's How CBS Correspondent Lara Logan Describes Her Dubious Benghazi Witness

Lara Logan Dylan Davies
It's clear that CBS correspondent Lara Logan truly admires Dylan Davies, the British security contractor with a starring eyewitness role in the 60 Minutes report that has galvanized new attention on the September 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Asked in a Q&A about why Davies (identified by CBS with the pseudonym "Morgan Jones") had decided to speak with the network, Logan said he "is tortured by guilt that he was not able to save his friends in the U.S. Compound, that he wasn't able to save Sean Smith's life or Amb. Stevens' life." 
"That may sound ridiculous to people who couldn't think of anything more insane than rushing towards a burning building that is overrun with al Qaeda terrorists," Logan continued, "but Morgan Jones is the kind of man who would do that and who did do that. And when he failed the first time, he went back again."
There's just one problem. The story Davies told CBS diverged wildly from the account he gave his superiors in an incident report that was obtained by The Washington Post.  
The October 27 60 Minutes segment featured Davies and his seemingly heroic efforts "scaling" the compound's 12 foot wall, disabling a terrorist "with the butt end of a rifle" and ultimately seeing the lifeless body of Ambassador Chris Stevens in the hospital. But according to the Post, Davies wrote in his incident report the day after the attack that he spent most of that night at his Benghazi beach-side villa and learned of Stevens' death from a colleague.
Fox News had previously interviewed Davies several times but stopped after he asked the network for money; his new book, billed as an "Explosive Eyewitness Account" of the attack, was released two days after the 60 Minutes report and has already been optioned for a movie. These are all factors that undermine Davies' credibility and should have given CBS pause.

We await a response from 60 Minutes.  If CBS ignores the alleged false report, the network will appear very much Fox News like.