The Washington Post Gets Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Posting Repulsive Al-Baghdadi Headline

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The Washington Post really stepped in it this time and Twitter is ripping them a new one over it. It’s epic. They were roundly mocked Sunday after posting an obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a warm and fuzzy headline describing the terrorist — known for unimaginable violence, including systematic rape and murder — as an “austere religious scholar.” That’s right… they felt sorry for the most wanted terrorist on earth.

WaPo’s headline for the original story described al-Baghdadi as the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief.” They should have stuck with that one. For some unknown, whacked reason they changed the headline to describe al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar,” giving special emphasis to his academic career.

“The man who would become the founding leader of the world’s most brutal terrorist group spent his early adult years as an obscure academic, aiming for a quiet life as a professor of Islamic law,” the Post wrote. “And yet, despite the group’s extremist views and vicious tactics, Mr. Baghdadi maintained a canny pragmatism as leader,” the Post also said of al-Baghdadi.

First, you get ticked, then you just have to laugh at the insanity of WaPo’s attempt to be politically correct here. Fail. The newspaper, however, conceded that al-Baghdadi oversaw the “shocking brutality” of ISIS. But gosh darn it, he was a religious scholar!

WaPo was ridiculed after the headline change circulated on social media. After the backlash, their editors gave the story its third headline: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.” But their opening paragraph still described al-Baghdadi as “an austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.” Are you freaking kidding me?

Sean Hannity summed it up nicely. The Washington Post’s headline calling ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar” is “sick and repulsive,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said Sunday, following the confirmation of his death at the hands of U.S. special forces. He called al-Baghdadi an “evil SOB” whom the awesome might of the American military finally defeated. He also wrote that The Washington Post needed to be “educated” about the horrors he perpetrated upon innocent people.

“An ‘austere religious scholar’? ‘Dead at 48’? No—he was cornered by the greatest toughest best military heroes on earth!! How about we killed the evil SOB. This is exactly why America will never trust these mainstream corrupt fake news outlets ever again,” Hannity tweeted.

“Let me educate the Washington Post. Al-Baghdadi was the leader of ISIS. The terror organization that is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people,” he continued. He also said that ISIS forces took pleasure in torturing their victims and shamed the Washington Post for trying to paint al-Baghdadi as anything other than a terrorist. Hannity is right on the money here.

“ISIS terrorists take pleasure in beheadings and burning people alive in cages,” he wrote. “They use cars and trucks to mow down innocent people. To describe Al-Baghdadi as an ‘austere religious scholar’ is sick and repulsive.”

“Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly,” Washington Post Vice President of Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly told Fox News earlier. Not quick enough and they did not change their lead paragraph which still referred to this monster as an ‘austere religious scholar’. Who in their right mind would subscribe to or read WaPo after this dunderheaded move?

Britt Hume tweeted: “The Washington Post has become unembarrass-able.” Here are the opening lines of the obit:

“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.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted that she had “no words” regarding The Post headline. Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer also responded, writing: “Stop, read this & think about it: last night a ruthless, brutal terrorist who threatened our country & is responsible for the death of American citizens was killed in a successful operation by US military & @washingtonpost described #Albagdadi as an ‘austere religious scholar.'”

Under Al-Baghdadi’s leadership, ISIS carried out countless barbaric atrocities, including the enslavement and rape of thousands of women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority. They massacred captives and threw individuals believed to be gay from the rooftops of buildings. Journalists and aid workers were beheaded, including Americans, in videos and photos the terror network broadcasted with delight.

President Trump announced the death of al-Baghdadi today, describing him as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” Al-Baghdadi had retreated to a dead-end tunnel, taking three children and his two wives with him. He then detonated a suicide vest. All of them died in the darkness.

It should be noted that on May 2, 2011, after it was announced that Osama Bin Ladin had been killed, The Washington Post offered a much more simple headline: “Osama bin Laden killed: Leader of terrorist group al-Qaeda was 54.” But that was under Obama… this is Trump. Get the difference?

Hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices took off on Twitter almost immediately and has been on fire all day long. It was hilarious.

If there is any justice in the world at all, WaPo should go down over this. But fake news being what it is, I expect they’ll keep un churning out lies and propaganda. Al-Baghdadi is dead and good riddance. Oh, that WaPo would follow suit.

Even Mitt Romney got it right: “Al Baghdadi spread “fire and brimstone” on earth; now he feels it for himself in h*ll. To all who arranged his change of venue—the intel officers, the President, the warriors—thank you.”

The RightScoop had the best line of the day: “When even the Mormon dude is meaner to a terrorist than the WaPo you know they got problems. Roast in h*ll, ABU.” Amen to that.

Sources: TheBlaze, Breitbart, Fox News (1), Fox News (2), The Daily Wire, Twitchy, PJ Media, The RightScoop

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