Following the death of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Washington Post wrote an obituary calling him an “austere religious scholar.”
USA Today reports:
Its original headline read, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dies at 48.” But it was later changed to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
The paper later apologized for the charitable headline and adjusted it once more. Spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly tweeted: “Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.” Of course this does not cover portraying a terrorist as a “religious scholar,” but simply apologizes that it was “read that way.”
Note the way the Washington Post has covered the death of this extremist leader compared to the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. The post’s headline covering the death of Osama bin Laden read: “Osama bin Laden killed: Leader of terrorist group al-Qaeda was 54.” Contrast this headline with al-Baghdadi’s obituary.
President Obama gave 9/11 organizer Osama bin Laden a funeral custom to his “religion.” He reportedly followed islamic procedures, gave the terrorist a burial at sea, and kept the details of his death close to his chest. President Trump made sure to let everyone know what a coward al-Baghdadi was when he died, saying:
“He died like a coward … whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”
The Washington Post had an issue with President Trump saying this and ran an opinion piece complaining about how “distasteful,” “dishonest,” it was to shame the terrorist and claimed “Most likely Trump made up the vivid details about Baghdadi’s last moments.”
As the parade of fake news and baseless speculation and propaganda becomes more shameless, we do well to remember: Good nations do die in darkness. Where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18). May God raise up men who understand the times and what is to be done (1 Chron. 12:32).
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