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It’s like calling John Wayne Gracy a children’s party clown, only worse.
The Washington Post’s headline has since changed, following withering criticism, but this how one of America’s most preeminent papers described the leader of ISIS following his death at the hands of U.S. commandos:
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
The Daily Caller’s Virginia Kruta reports:
The opening paragraphs of the obituary went on to list al-Baghdadi’s “achievements” in bringing a brutal terror organization onto the global stage:
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the reins of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010, few had heard of the organization or its new leader, an austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.
But just four years later, Mr. Baghdadi had helped transform his failing movement into one of the most notorious and successful terrorist groups of modern times. Under his guidance it would burst into the public consciousness as the Islamic State, an organization that would seize control of entire cities in Iraq and Syria and become a byword for shocking brutality.
Journalist Yashar Ali pointed out that there was an earlier headline on that obituary, and argued that The Washington Post “had it right the first time.”
They had it right the first time.
The Washington Post changed the headline on its Al-Baghdadi obituary from “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-Chief” to “austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.” pic.twitter.com/cs243EVz7W
— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) October 27, 2019
“Adolf Hitler, local painter, found dead” – Washington Post
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 27, 2019
Don’t forget, he was a vegetarian, too!
The Washington Post is framing the obituary of ISIS terrorist group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the death of an “austere religious scholar” on their homepage.
Give me a break.
Call him a murderous terrorist because that is what he is.
It’s not that difficult. pic.twitter.com/IdWqqOq1G9
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 27, 2019
Eventually, the Post changed its headline to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
Other outlets and prominent liberals are also downplaying the president’s accomplishment with imagined slights and conspiracy theories.
He thanked the Russians before US Special Forces. https://t.co/o1erT6GQ0D
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) October 27, 2019
OK I get it now. Trump gave Syria to Assad and Putin, and they threw Trump the Baghdadi bone. https://t.co/Xof37MW1xw
— Devin Duke (@sirDukeDevin) October 27, 2019