Former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan named names in what she called a targeted smear campaign against her for speaking the truth about the media.
Logan spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday’s “Hannity” about the fallout from her recent observation that the media is “mostly liberal,” saying her comments, which were effectively “professional suicide,” have made her the target of smears.
The former “60 Minutes” correspondent declared “nobody owns me” as she boldly called out by name some of those who are targeting her for being an independent voice, telling Hannity “it’s the same group of people.”
“And I expected it,” Logan said. “Michael Calderone who is at the Huffington Post. I can give you the script now. I can tell you who the players are. Joe Hagan. Brian Stelter.”
“So they smear you personally. They go after your integrity. They go after your reputation as a person and a professional. They will stop at nothing,” she continued, noting that having a personal bias is normal but it is not acceptable to allow that in journalistic work when one is claiming to be unbiased.
“I am not the only one. And I am just, I am done, right, I am tired of it,” she added. “And they do not get to write my story anymore. They don’t get to speak for me, I want to say loudly and clearly to anybody who is listening, I am not owned. Nobody owns me, right? I’m not owned by the left or the right.”
Logan, who spent years covering US troops in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan – nearly getting killed when her vehicle was hit with an explosive device in Egypt during the 2010 Arab Spring – made her initial controversial comments in an interview with Breitbart podcast host and retired Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland.
“The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?” she had said, adding “that’s not our job. That’s a political position. That means we’ve become political activists in a sense, and some could argue propagandists.”
“That’s not journalism, that’s horsesh*t,” Logan told Ritland, commenting on reporters using single, anonymous government sources to build their stories.“Responsibility for fake news begins with us. We bear some responsibility for that, and we’re not taking ownership of that and addressing it. We just want to blame it all on somebody else.”
The 47-year-old native of South Africa reiterated her view on Wednesday, telling Hannity, “I didn’t invent this. Journalists have always needed two independent first-hand sources. That’s always been the standard that we work to.”
Logan, who deaprted CBS when her contract ended last year, praised journalists like Sharyl Atkinson and investigative reporter Sara Carter, as well as some on “60 Minutes,” telling Hannity that they have also been targeted when they don’t follow the liberal script.
“If there were any independent voices out there, if there are any journalists who are not beating the same drum and giving the same talking points, then we pay the price,” she said.
No doubt Logan more than ruffled some feathers as she continued to drop the hammer on the liberal media. Calling out her critics by name prompted some direct response, as Vanity Fair’s Joe Hagan and Politico’s Michael Calderone tweeted.
— Joe Hagan (@joehagansays) February 21, 2019
Logan suggests we’re targeting and smearing her. I covered the Benghazi “60 Minutes” retraction in 2013 for HuffPost. I wrote in Monday’s newsletter on her latest comments revisiting the Benghazi fallout (and her criticism of the press). That’s media reporting. https://t.co/cQwqluxxSX
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) February 21, 2019
While CNN’s Curtis Houck and others tweeted about Logan’s appearance on “Hannity,” Stelter’s Twitter page had no recent comments.
Video: Lara Logan rips @BrianStelter, @mlcalderone, @joehagansays in @SeanHannity interview, saying “they don’t get to write my story anymore.” She also praises women like @SaraCarterDC and @SharylAttkisson and mentions some at @60Minutes. pic.twitter.com/vX8K6vTm95
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 21, 2019
Lara Logan just appeared on @seanhannity‘s show. She continued to swipe at the media, while also praising Fox contributor @SaraCarterDC. Toward the end of the segment, Hannity told Logan, “I hope my bosses at Fox find a place for you.”
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 21, 2019
But Logan’s interview seemed to cement her place as a journalistic “badass” for many who praised her courage and her work.
If you only watch Hannity 1 time, you have got to watch this one. Seems the chickens are coming to roost!!
— Pastorwayne #MAGA,#Trump2020,#vets (@Pastorwayne61) February 21, 2019
I could watch her all day.
— Brian_TO (@BrianR65751895) February 21, 2019
This is huge! All it takes is one. More will follow. She’s a strong woman..respect!
— 🇺🇸DebCharMac🌟🌟🌟 (@DebCharMac) February 21, 2019
Lara Logan’s career will be fine. She’ll get a gig on FNC and I will watch every segment or show. #Hannity
— sjsturkie (@sjsturkie) February 21, 2019
Mad respect for Lara Logan after seeing this Hannity segment
— USMCCLNC (@JVP409) February 21, 2019
I’ve always loved #LaraLogan. Beautiful, brave, and badass all around. 💪🏼
— Anna (@LilHouseofAnna8) February 20, 2019
I’ve always loved Lara Logan. She calls it as she sees it. But with grace. Sometimes, when you tell the truth no one wants to hear, you find yourself on FoxNews …that’s what happened to me during 08 elex.
“They don’t get to write my story anymore.” https://t.co/Zw8mVjqd36
— Diane Mantouvalos (@AndoniaPR) February 21, 2019
I am so proud of Lara Logan for refusing to goose-step in time to the Groupthinker’s March. The tragedy is that what she is doing USED TO BE expected of those who are in her field. Today, she represents a new, daring breed; A REBEL WITH A CAUSE! 🇺🇸
— Robin Mezansky (@robin_mezansky) February 21, 2019
Love this woman! So much braver than anyone else out there! She deserves a Pulitzer!
— Sharon Olivari (@slolivari) February 21, 2019
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