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CBS News says it sat on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal for two weeks at the request of Gen. Richard B. Myers, who personally phoned Dan Rather asking for more time. Myers cited the safety of American hostages and tensions in Fallujah. "News is a delicate thing," Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes II, tells The Associated Press. "It's hard to just make those kinds of decisions. It's not natural for us; the natural thing is to put it on the air. But the circumstances were quite unusual and I think you have to consider that."

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CBS News says it sat on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal for two weeks at the request of Gen. Richard B. Myers, who personally phoned Dan Rather asking for more time. Myers cited the safety of American hostages and tensions in Fallujah. "News is a delicate thing," Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes II, tells The Associated Press. "It's hard to just make those kinds of decisions. It's not natural for us; the natural thing is to put it on the air. But the circumstances were quite unusual and I think you have to consider that."