Washington Post's Obit Headline On ISIS Chief Triggers Outrage, Memes


The Washington Post changed the headline on its obituary for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after it received backlash for calling him an "austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State", The Hill reported on Sunday.

After the outrage, the publication took down the original headline along with the tweet and changed it to "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic Chief "terrorist-in-chief", dies at 48". Bloomberg, too, glorified al-Baghdadi by describing him as he was someone who came from a small village and then achieved great success against all odds.

But one particular story published by the Washington Post grabbed most eyeballs, garnering a lot of negative attention. But it seems the damage is already done, as screenshots of the headline are being widely shared on social media, with many questioning the Post's credibility. The terror organization that is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people.

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On Sunday, US President Donald Trump announced the death of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a press conference in the White House.

For some reason, Washington Post then made a decision to whitewash al-Baghdadi and refer to him as "austere religious scholar".

Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for the president, quoted a couple of unusual description from The Washington Post on ISIS leader. Baghdadi, the leader of the jihadist group and arguably the world's most wanted man, killed himself during a raid by USA commandos on Saturday, news which was announced by United States president Donald Trump on Sunday.

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Charlie Kirk, the president of TPUSA, tweeted, "The Washington Post writes harsher about our President than they do the leader of ISIS who cuts people's heads off and murders innocents".

Trump said that al-Baghdadi killed himself and three children when he detonated his suicide vest after being cornered in a dead-end tunnel. It is unclear why the headline was changed.

When the newspaper tweeted out the obituary, the tweet called al-Baghdadi 'Islamic State's "terrorist-in-chief"'.

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