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BACKLASH: Washington Post Under Fire For Labeling ISIS Terror Leader ‘Austere Religious Scholar’

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.28.19

The Washington Post is facing a severe backlash this week after the national newspaper labeled ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar” after US troops launched a raid in northern Syria that led to his death.

“President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning that al-Baghdadi was killed when he detonated a vest he was wearing after being cornered by U.S. forces on Saturday evening,” reports USA Today. “The Post article says that when al-Baghdadi first rose as a leader of ISIS, he was a relatively unheard of ‘austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.’”

The Post’s original headline after the news of al-Baghdadi’s death read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

The newspaper eventually altered the title to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

“Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly,” posted a spokesperson for the newspaper on social media.

 

“Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in,” wrote GOP Rep. Steve Scalise on Twitter.

Read the full report at USA Today.