Colbert Mocks 60 Minutes' Benghazi Flub

Brings on eyewitness to events of show's newsroom
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2013 10:45 AM CST

Stephen Colbert last night lambasted 60 Minutes for its Benghazi coverage that resulted in an apology: "CBS fact-checked the story, but when it turned out to be wrong, they fact-checked it for realz, y'all," Colbert said. He then discussed Lara Logan's apology "at the very top of the last minute of the show." Given that CBS News "is good at journalism," the only explanation, he said, is that "Hillary Clinton got to them."

Colbert brought on his own "eyewitness" to set things straight—an eyewitness who looked remarkably like actor Sam Waterston with a giant fake beard. He was an intern at 60 Minutes during the report, Colbert explained. The witness said he'd seen Hillary Clinton "swinging a bike chain" in the newsroom, yelling, "We're here to kill this story! Who wants to eat some chain?!" Then, he says, "she pistol-whipped Morley Safer." But then the witness revealed his true identity: Charlie Skinner, from HBO's The Newsroom, who launched into a tirade calling on newspeople to provide the truth. Finally, Colbert offered up an apology of his own. (More Stephen Colbert stories.)

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