Why Washington Post is under fire for its Baghdadi headline

Why Washington Post is under fire for its Baghdadi headline

Why Washington Post is under fire for its Baghdadi headline

Washington Post in its obituary to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself after he detonated his suicide vest during a raid by USA forces, tried to glorify the dreaded terrorist.

Here are key points from The Washington Post article.

The Washington Post on Sunday was trolled by Twitterati for the headline it gave to the Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's obituary. How about we killed the evil SOB, ' Hannity tweeted. "This is exactly why America will never trust these mainstream corrupt fake news outlets ever again", Hannity tweeted. Conservative American news network Fox News described the mishap as a "gasp-inducing headline for the ages", while White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote that she had "no words" in response to the incident.

The Washington Post has since changed the headline of the obituary, which can be found here, to: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48".

By then, the damage had been done. Warrick writes that Baghdadi's acquaintances remembered him as a "shy, nearsighted youth who liked soccer but preferred to spend his free time at the local mosque".

A Canadian Senator added to the humorous thread.

The Washington Post, however, apologised for the headline.

"MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz says President Trump is riding a wave of positive coverage following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On Sunday, US President Trump announced that Baghdadi died during an overnight raid led by US military forces in Syria, a major victory as he fights a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, he said.

Amusingly, their original headline appeared to describe al-Baghdadi as "terrorist-in-chief".

"Last night, the United States brought the world's number-one terrorist leader to justice". Troops were sent to attack a compound in northern Syria where al-Baghdadi was located, according to a US defense official.

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