Austrian Painter Commits Suicide

I assume that is how the powers that be at The Washington Post would have framed the death of Adolph Hitler, considering how they headlined the death of the self proclaimed Caliph of the Isis State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Ann Althouse gives us the details:

It’s as though the paper is honoring him.

I wonder how long that will stay on the front page in that form. It’s the teaser for obituary, and there is another article — to the left — about the military raid, “Trump says Islamic State leader Baghdadi blew himself up as U.S. troops closed in.” Note how that forefronts Baghdadi’s agency. He “blew himself up.”

If you click through to the obituary, the headline is different — “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dies at 48.” So that makes the form of the headline on the front page even more startling — “Austere religious scholar…”

The obituary has that “austere religious scholar” language in the first paragraph and proceeds to tell his story within that framework:

Go here to read the rest.  For most of the media the enemy is Trump and the people who support him, and they shape their coverage around that fact.


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  1. The Twitter hastag #wapoobits has got some other hilarious riffs on this theme … “Marine veteran Lee Harvey Oswald,” “experimental chef Jeffrey Dahmer,” “songwriter and community leader Charles Manson,” “children’s entertainer John Wayne Gacy,” etc.

  2. Isn’t it just so lovely, the blatant lies to forward an agenda of death.
    [Austere religious scholar and human flesh eating aficionado….]
    At the very least they could of thrown us a bone as to his true taste in human affairs.

    Sadly funny.

    Kermit Gosnell, beloved specialist in the care of woman’s health and advocate for children…

  3. I guess anything’s better than admitting not only does Trump know what he’s doing, he’s succeeding at it.

  4. The Compost us a hard earned and worthy name for that joke of a publication. The Compost is part of the darkness that kills a representative republic……doubt anyone at the Compost knows this nation is not and never has been a democracy.

  5. What obituaries did the Compost (nice name that, PF) write for the Muslim Scholar’s three children whom he used as human shields and killed when he exploded his suicide vest? “Little Guardians of the Scholar who sacrificed their lives for him?”

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