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    WaPo Obit Headline Describes al Baghdadi as “austere religious scholar”

    WaPo Obit Headline Describes al Baghdadi as “austere religious scholar”

    After backlash, WaPo changed it

    President Trump announced Sunday morning that the ruthless, evil ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed during an operation by U.S. Special Forces.

    The Washington Post promptly posted its obituary for al-Baghdadi under an accurate headline: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-Chief,’ dies at 48.” 

    Then, for some unknown reason, the obit suddenly had the following jaw-dropping headline:  “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

    This inexplicable revision elicited immediate pushback.

    And WaPo again changed its headline.  It is (currently):  “”Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

    The “austere religious scholar at helm” of ISIS headline still appears in Memorandum:

    A Twitter hashtag game—#WaPoObits—is currently under way.


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    Sonnys Mom | October 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I have no words. ????

    dunce1239 | October 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Inadvertently they may have done a good thing by reminding his followers that allah has forsaken him.

    Arminius | October 28, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Ted Kaczynski, famed environmentalist, historian, and self-help expert dies of old age in United States.

    Arminius | October 28, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t know if I can hold up to this kind of pressure.My best friend from college, who was the best man at my wedding, is an excellenent shot on paper targets. On game not so much.
    His wife Gina used to hate hunting and hunters. Then we turned pigs into Italian sausage. Then suddenly she became a fan. So much so she wants her daughter to become a huntress.

    But I am not magic. I worked on my tracking skills for reason. i am pretty sure i can let the kid in on the secret I am not immortal. I don’t take a shot unless I am convinced I can make it. I am not perfect though. Now I have a child who is convinced I don’t miss.

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | October 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      If it is not clear, they have never witnessed me missing a shot. They think it’s easy. Holy Mother of All we Hold Holy, it took decades until I could put a rifle to my shoulder and get shot off within a second.

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