The Washington Post quickly moved to a damage control mode and changed the headline of its obituary of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday
(27 October) after facing flak for reverentially describing him an “austere religious scholar.”
Vice President of Communications at Washington Post Kristine Coratti Kelly said in a tweet that “the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly”.
Curiously enough the original version of the article described Baghdadi as the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief,” but it was shortly changed to “austere religious scholar.”
It is not clear why Jeff Bezos owned newspaper initially changed the headline.
After facing massive online criticism, the paper reversed the headline to read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”