The majority of content on Media Matters website is devoted to rebutting Fox News. Yet, Fox News isn’t the liberal website’s choice for its “Misinformer of the Year.”
That distinction was reserved for CBS’s “60 Minutes”:
Even now, nearly two months after it aired, almost nothing about CBS News’ “exclusive” (and infamous) 60 Minutes report on Benghazi makes sense. From conception, to execution, to the network’s stubborn claims that the report met its high standards even as it publicly dissolved, the story on the Benghazi terror attack of 2012 quickly became a case study in how not to practice journalism on the national stage. And in how dangerous it is to lose sight of fair play and common sense when wielding the power and prestige of the country’s most-watched news program. …
Quite simply, how is it possible to spend a year reporting out a story only to have almost none of it stand up to the slightest scrutiny? The magnitude of the malfeasance was baffling, demonstrating that the network failed to follow even rudimentary rules of journalism in preparing the report.
“60 Minutes” all but retracted an erroneous report on the 2012 Benghazi incident. The reporter, Lara Logan, issued an on-air apology and went on a brief leave from the show.