Posts

2014-08-17: Feynman's missing method for third-orders?

2014-07-31: CIA spies even on congress

2014-07-16: Rehm on vaccines

2014-06-21: Kurtosis, 4th order diffusion, and wave speed

2014-06-20: Random dispersal speeds invasions

2014-05-06: Preservation of information asymetry in Academia

2014-04-16: Dual numbers are really just calculus infinitessimals

2014-04-14: More on fairer markets

2014-03-18: It's a mad mad mad mad prisoner's dilemma

2014-03-05: Integration techniques: Fourier--Laplace Commutation

2014-02-25: Fiber-bundles for root-polishing in two dimensions

2014-02-17: Is life a simulation or a dream?

2014-01-30: PSU should be infosocialist

2014-01-12: The dark house of math

2014-01-11: Inconsistencies hinder pylab adoption

2013-12-24: Cuvier and the birth of extinction

2013-12-17: Risk Resonance

2013-12-15: The cult of the Levy flight

2013-12-09: 2013 Flu Shots at PSU

2013-12-02: Amazon sucker-punches 60 minutes

2013-11-26: Zombies are REAL, Dr. Tyson!

2013-11-22: Crying wolf over synthetic biology?

2013-11-21: Tilting Drake's Equation

2013-11-18: Why $1^\infty != 1$

2013-11-15: Adobe leaks of PSU data + NSA success accounting

2013-11-14: 60 Minutes misreport on Benghazi

2013-11-11: Making fairer trading markets

2013-11-10: L'Hopital's Rule for Multidimensional Systems

2013-11-09: Using infinitessimals in vector calculus

2013-11-08: Functional Calculus

2013-11-03: Elementary mathematical theory of the health poverty trap

2013-11-02: Proof of the area of a circle using elementary methods

60 Minutes misreport on Benghazi

A few weeks ago, I watched 60 minutes's report on the 2012 Benghazi attack on a US embassy (official report). It was very compelling, and seemed to raise allot of questions about the decision making revolving around the attach. ( Looks like CBS is trying to scrub all evidence of the report off the internet, but here is one link to a transcript. )

Well, turns out "60 minutes" messed up. First, there was a report that their witness told his employer a different story and was also promoting a book. Then we found out the story he gave the FBI was also different.

Now, 60 minutes and CBS have acknowledged an issue and given an apology. That's good. But the apology really seems to have left me with more questions than answers. I cann't tell if they are just retracting that interview segment, or if there were any other parts of the reporting that were reported incorrectly at a result of the interviews with their fake-witness. And it looks like my concerns have support, and that there may have been allot of other flaws with the report.

UPDATE 2013-11-16: CBS has released a better report now, which makes things clearer. This update ties things together better.