Former “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan is suing New York Media and writer Joe Hagen over a five-year-old article that she claims derailed her career. She is seeking $25 million in damages.
The defamation suit, filed Thursday, states that Logan believes her career at CBS News was impacted by the 2014 New York Magazine piece called “Benghazi and the Bombshell.” The piece reviewed one of Logan’s stories, focusing on the Benghazi attack, which was retracted when it was revealed one of her on-the-record sources had lied in his interview.
According to the New York Post, she says the release of the “hit piece” seven months after her story was retracted “entirely and completely derailed” the plan for her to continue working at “60 Minutes.” The suit says her pay was cut following the publication of Hagen’s piece.
Logan’s suit points out she was not the only person lied to by the source. It says the headline’s use of the word “bombshell” as sexist, according to the Post, saying it “intended to portray Logan as a dangerous and untouchable and incendiary reporter.”
A spokesperson for New York Magazine told TheWrap, “The New York Magazine article was thoroughly vetted and fact-checked, and we stand by our reporting.”
Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968, New York Magazine and its parent company, New York Media, were purchased by Vox Media in November 2019.