ABC Quickly Brings In Peacenik Dad to Condemn Zarqawi Killing (Updated)
It's sad that within minutes of announcing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, the network morning shows were already carrying criticism of the Bush administration. Not only did NBC invite Sen. Joe Biden to attack Bush incompetence (funny day for that!), ABC's Bill Weir reminded the audience that Zarqawi beheaded American Nicholas Berg, and then replayed Berg's left-wing dad saying at the time that he had no desire for his son's killers to be killed. Weir then reported that he spoke to Berg's father this morning, and he condemned the Zarqawi killing as part of an endless cycle of retribution.
UPDATE: MRC's Brian Boyd has the transcript, and it should be noted that Weir also found a more traditional victim's relative response:
Bill Weir: "We want to return now to the top story of the morning: the death of Zarqawi, of course. And beyond the political there is also the personal in this story. And Zarqawi's death, special significance for the family members of his victims. Among them British engineer Ken Bigley. Zarqawi's group captured Bigley in 2004, held him for weeks and then later beheaded him. This morning, we reached Bigley's brother, Paul, via telephone and he had this to say about Zarqawi."
Paul Bigley: "Initial reaction is the world has rid itself of a very evil person. Second reaction, I think, being a Christian, you know, one shouldn't be very happy about somebody's death but in this particular case quite frankly he rot in hell. That's where the man is."
Weir then turned to "Another of Zarqawi's victims, American Nick Berg. Who can forget the most chilling video of all. You can see Zarqawi standing behind Nick Berg. Zarqawi believed to have personally beheaded him." Then, he showed old footage of an interview with Berg's peacenik father:
Charlie Gibson: "I wonder as you watch this now happening in repetition, if there are feelings of a desire in you for revenge?"
Michael Berg: "I would like these people to be stopped, I would like them to be arrested, I would like them to receive justice. I would not want to see any of them killed and I don't want revenge. I don't want to personally attack those people."
Weir added: "And we did speak with Nick Berg's father this morning and he says he takes no satisfaction in news of Zarqawi's death there. In fact, he denounces the killing as yet another death in a never ending cycle of retribution and death there as well. And he has been a rather vocal, harsh critic of the Bush administration for, you know, invading this country in the first place and he expressed that again this morning."