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The US media's switch on Abu Ghraib

By Tumbler   June 2004

Kerry’s cunning caution

The reason John Kerry was so cautious about exploiting the Abu Ghraib prison photos was that his chief campaign adviser Bob Shrum was keeping a close eye on the CBS poll ratings. Even in the week when the first stories broke and the grim photos were broadcast on 60 Minutes, Bush had a 44/49 approval/ disapproval rating for his handling of the Iraq war. That was exactly where the ratings were on 10th December, just before Saddam’s capture, which sent Bush’s score up to 57/36. So Shrum counselled caution, telling Kerry to let the media and Senate…

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