Processing Distortion: “Lara Logan Isn’t the Only Problem at 60 Minutes”

Peter B. Collins offers Critical Analysis

As CBS News suspends chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan for the recent embarrassing and misleading report about Benghazi, Collins comments and says that Logan should be fired, in part for her criticism of the late Michael Hastings for his coverage of Gen. McCrystal, which Logan said was out of bounds. Collins plays segments from Leslie Stahl’s recent 60 Minutes report on Guantanamo, where she displayed deep ignorance of Shaker Aamer–the last British prisoner at Gitmo–when Aamer shouted comments from his cell as Stahl toured the block with Col. John Bogdan. Collins is also sharply critical of the way Stahl covered the hunger strikes and force feeding, and that she asserted that 100 men who have been released returned to the fight–without offering any proof or details. This episode takes a critical look at corporate media, its errors of omission and commission.


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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay1klyYcNe8

    lecture on journalist on the frontier…

  2. War on (T)Error..

    Sorry..

  3. Peter,

    How do you know that Lara Logan didn’t actually get it right when her source explained that the Libyan contractors that had been put in charge of security of the embassy were poorly trained, incompetent, and could not be expected to fight in the face of an attack? That was the real revelation of her interview. Whether her source was present at any time the night of the attack or not seems to me a side issue. As it has been alleged in the alternative media that Benghazi was actually a false flag to remove an official (the ambassador) who had serious reservations about illegal arms shipments it would make sense that they would want the guards to flee at the first sign of gunfire.

    Instead, by shooting the messenger, the details of embassy security are buried. The baby is thrown out with the bathwater. With your distrust of the mainstream media why would you now trust CBS’s version and motives?

  4. Beautiful job Peter. Thank you. This was practically a puff piece on Guantanamo that Leslie Stahl did. It would have been almost as at home in People or Us magazine or Entertainment Tonight as on 60 minutes. One or two extraordinarily tentative and gentle “tough” questions with no followup, a few crucial unexamined assertions, and some salute-inducing PR opportunities for Our Boys Over There.

    To think that they might suffer post-traumatic stress from looking after the innocent men they’ve imprisoned without charge and tortured for a dozen years, it just breaks my goddamned heart.

  5. avatar metrobusman says:

    Why waste time with this? Who cares! 60 minutes is the voice of the Pentagon like all the rest, why bother.

    Way too much time is spent critiquing the MSM rather than providing an alternative. Maybe a real report on Benghazi might have been a better idea than endless blather abt a poor hapless idiot like Logan.

  6. I started to watch the first of the Gitmo stories but quickly lost interest as it became clear where it was going… nowhere. 60 Minutes is an empty shell of its former self… Yet its producers seem self aware of that fact as I’ve noted they’ve been staging ambushes like they used to do in the ’70s. They are just “going through the motions” though… I haven’t seen a story on there of any real substance in I don’t know how long… OK actually that piece Steve Kroft did last year on congressional insider trading was pretty good. He can occasionally do some valid reporting when he isn’t busy tossing Obama’s salad……

    As for Lara Logan, Peter B. might want to take a look at this…

    http://theburbslife.com/2010/01/laura-logan-reporting-for-duty/

    But seriously, for some interesting background on Lara’s professional/private relationships… where the line between journalism and propaganda becomes virtually indistinguishable, give this a read… http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20131129 (I can copy/paste it if you like after Dec. 1 expires)

  7. It is now Dec. 2, as promised, the WMR article (excerpts)…

    “For years, Congress banned U.S. government-funded propaganda, masked as news and features reports, from being broadcast to Americans at home. The U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, also known as the Smith-Mundt Act, made it illegal for Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and Radio Free Asia to directly influence the news to which Americans were exposed at home with U.S. government slanted news. That all changed in January of this year when President Obama signed the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, which lifted the ban on the three aforementioned broadcasters plus the Voice of America, Alhurra, Radio Sawa, and Radio and TV Marti permitted U.S. government broadcasters from beaming their tainted broadcasts to the American people. By his signature of the National Defense Authorization Act, which abrogated Smith-Mundt, Obama changed a policy that had been recognized by eleven previous presidents of both political parties……….

    For years, Congress banned U.S. government-funded propaganda, masked as news and features reports, from being broadcast to Americans at home. The U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, also known as the Smith-Mundt Act, made it illegal for Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and Radio Free Asia to directly influence the news to which Americans were exposed at home with U.S. government slanted news. That all changed in January of this year when President Obama signed the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, which lifted the ban on the three aforementioned broadcasters plus the Voice of America, Alhurra, Radio Sawa, and Radio and TV Marti permitted U.S. government broadcasters from beaming their tainted broadcasts to the American people. By his signature of the National Defense Authorization Act, which abrogated Smith-Mundt, Obama changed a policy that had been recognized by eleven previous presidents of both political parties.

    The Lincoln Group was founded by Nathan Sproul, a former executive director for the Arizona Republican Party and one of many GOP politicos who cashed in on the billions of Pentagon dollars that were up for grabs during the U.S. occupation of Iraq for “media influence operations.” Another Lincoln principal is Chuck Coolidge, a former press aide to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain who now volunteers for a non-profit educational group fostering secondary education in Turkmenistan and serves as vice president of “1820 Investment Group LLC” of Phoenix.

    Burkett reaped in some of the Pentagon largesse as a Lincoln Group “information operations” contractor at Camp Victory in Iraq. The Lincoln Group is now known as Strategic Social. The firm’s website claims the company has “permanent staff and offices in Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, Baghdad, Kabul, Basra, Kandahar and North Africa.”

    Strategic Social, a much smaller firm than its predecessor Lincoln Group, four “official” employees as opposed to Lincoln’s 80 employees, was founded by Matt Bigge, a former Army Ranger who served on the board of Narus, the Israeli telecommunications spyware company now owned by Boeing. WMR’s sources have revealed that Bigge is close to Matthew Armstrong, who worked for the Lincoln Group in Iraq, providing support to General William Caldwell, IV, the spokesman for the Mutli-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I).

    Armstrong reportedly is using his connections with Strategic Social to pick up some lucrative influence operations work with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The United States is heavily expanding its psychological operations in Africa, notwithstanding the debacle of Benghazi.

    But more importantly, earlier this year, President Obama nominated Armstrong to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which now oversees the operations of all U.S. government broadcasters, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Liberty, and Radio Free Asia, all of which are now permitted, with the killing of Smith-Mundt, to permeate U.S. airwaves with federal government propaganda. Armstrong was confirmed by the Senate on August 1.

    Adding to the suspicions generated by Armstrong’s appointment to the BBG and the total collapse of 60 Minutes as a trusted news source, is informed speculation that Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, killed in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles, was investigating U.S. government media manipulation via the BBG and Pentagon information operations contractors at the time of his death…..”

    • avatar Thomas Wonsetler says:

      What are the best things to read about the assasination of Michael Hastings and also of Tom Clancy ? I havent found anything on Boiling Frogs yet. Thx.

  8. I screwed that up… the first paragraph of the article is repeated twice. I meant to paste the following from further down the article:

    “U.S. networks putting out moonshine news reports should come as no surprise after Obama’s abrogation of Smith-Mundt. Logan is married to Joseph Burkett, a prime facilitator of U.S. Army psychological operations on the battlefield. There is little doubt that Logan has allowed herself to be bamboozled by psy-ops fabricators like Davies and her husband.

    Burkett worked for the Lincoln Strategy Group in Iraq and that is where he met Logan. Although Burkett was married with a child and Logan was in a relationship following the initiation of her divorce proceedings with her South African professional basketball player husband, the two carried on a tryst in Iraq that ultimately resulted in marriage. The fact that a CBS News reporter was carrying on with a U.S. military psy-ops contractor while covering a war should have set off alarm bells among CBS News’s senior management but it did not. There was even a report of a major brawl in Iraq between Burkett and CNN reporter Michael Ware over the attention of Logan, a former South African swimsuit model.”

    Then resume with “The Lincoln Group was founded by Nathan Sproul…”

  9. avatar Judith Williams says:

    This was a great critique of MSM not giving the American public the truth period–not in this case where an opportunity to lay out what is really going on for these inmates or the horror of torture and confinement for 12 years and not on any other issues. I am glad to have found Boiling Frogs and to have helped fund it. I wish I had more money to contribute. I don’t own a TV and never watch it so I look forward to more of this journalism by Mr. Collins.

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