Washington Post labels ISIS terror leader “austere religious scholar”

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on October 30, 2019

The Washington Post on Sunday TWICE changed the headline of its obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS terror leader who died in a U.S. raid in Syria over the weekend.

The original headline, posted online after President Trump announced al-Baghdadi’s death, read:

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dies at 48.”

It was changed to:

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”


Following widespread criticism (and mocking on Twitter), it now reads:

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”