The headline, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State, dies at 48", drew widespread outrage for how it represented the man who has often been called the world's most wanted terrorist, with a bounty of 25 million U.S. dollars on his head.
The full obituary headline the second time around was "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48". Bloomberg, too, glorified al-Baghdadi by describing him as he was someone who came from a small village and then achieved great success against all odds.
Strong reactions followed after the piece in The Washington Post. How about we killed the evil SOB, ' Hannity tweeted. The headline received massive backlash on social media, especially from a prominent section of media commentators, who called out The Washinton Post for writing a fluff-piece on the "most awful terrorist" on the planet. The terror organization that is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people.
The Washington Post, one of the most respected newspapers in the world, woke up to a barrage of posts on twitter mocking the publication over the headline it chose for an obituary notice for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive Islamic State commander, who died on Saturday during a United States military operation in Syria. "They use cars and trucks to mow down innocent people". Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, he said.
"Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly", she wrote on her official twitter account.
Soon after the announcement, the Washington Post published an obituary for Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed ISIS leader.
As authorities offered confirmation that USA forces had killed the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader in a raid on a safe house in northwestern Syria on Saturday night, the paper rolled out on obit marking the death of the barbarous jihadist by describing him as the "austere religious scholar at the helm of the Islamic State".