Davies' improbable account of FBI agents weeping and spouting grateful platitudes only underscores how negligent 60 Minutes was in vetting its story. Even if the FBI wouldn't confirm Davies' account, where are "all those photos" from the scene he claimed to have given them? Why didn't they corroborate his tale with others who'd been there? Indeed, exactly how and why the network got so duped remains a very open question.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Purple Prose Did Not Set Off Red Flare
Mother Jones got excerpt from the now-withdrawn book by serial liar Dylan Davies, a wildly improbable tale about a meeting with FBI agents and prosecutor. "The guy who was the most choked-up among them embraced me. The lady prosecutor gave me a hug as well." Writer concludes:
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