TODAY   |  November 09, 2013

‘60 Minutes’ issues apology for Benghazi report

“60 Minutes” aired a gripping story about the night the U.S. consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, but CBS News now says it was a mistake to air that interview and the program has apologized to viewers. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> a fallout from a " 60 minutes " report about what happened doctor the benefghazi attack.

>> reporter: he gave " 60 minutes " a gripping story. the security contractor appeared under the name of morning jones.

>> he climbed the wall that was overcome by al qaeda fighter.

>> one guy saw me. he sqlouthouted. i hit him with the butt of the rifle in the face.

>> reporter: he saw the body of ambassador chris stevens that same night he claims. cbs news now says it was a mistake to air that interview. " 60 minutes " correspondent lara logan appeared on cbs this morning to apologize to viewers.

>> the most important thing to every person at " 60 minutes " is the truth and today the truth is we made a make.

>> reporter: the 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 vivid account is a sublject of a book he co-authored and the company is owned by cbs. soon after the report air "the washington post " cast doubt on davies ' version of event. they roux fused to defend the reporting until it was revealed that davies told the fbi he was is not at the compound during the attack.

>> that was the moment for us when we realized that 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 hours after the attack the congress has never had access to the survivors of benghazi.

>> reporter: with davies ' version of the accounts in doubt they were suspending the sale andicati publication of this book and " 60 minutes " say they will broadcast another apology this sunday night.