Washington Post Headline About ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi’s Death Refers To Him As “Austere Religious Scholar”

by Adam Ford · Oct 27th, 2019 4:52 pm

Last Updated Nov 15th, 2019 at 4:43 pm

The Washington Post received sharp pushback Sunday after publishing a headline about the death of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi which described him as an “austere religious scholar.”

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

Social media users savaged the news outlet for the take:

WaPo has since changed the headline of the story to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

Washington Post Vice President of Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said to Fox News, “Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.”


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