October 29, 2019

Washington Post Changes Headline after Labeling Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'Austere Religious Scholar'

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By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

In announcing his death at the hands of U.S. Delta Force, The Washington Post labeled the leader of a violent terrorist group an “austere religious leader.”

The Background:

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up after U.S. Delta Force cornered him during a raid over the weekend. The Washington Post, in its original report, described the terrorist as an “austere religious leader.”

The Blaze reports, “The Washington Post was mocked Sunday after posting an obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a glowing headline describing the terrorist — known for unimaginable violence, including systematic rape and murder — as an ‘austere religious scholar.’

“When the Post first published its story, the newspaper described al-Baghdadi as the "Islamic State's terrorist-in-Chief." However, for unknown reasons, the Post later changed the headline to describe al-Baghdadi as an ‘austere religious scholar,’ giving special emphasis to his academic career.”

Why It Matters:

Liberal media bias is well-known and often sneaky, but openly declaring an Islamist terrorist leader as an “austere religious leader” and ignoring his role in the destruction of countless lives is a new low, even for The Washington Post.

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Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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