'#WaPoDeathNotices' Trends After Washington Post Hails Dead ISIS Leader As 'Austere Religious Scholar'

Brittany M. Hughes | October 27, 2019
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"#WaPoDeathNotices" quickly hit Twitter's "trending" section after the Washington Post published a bizarre headline in its obituaries section describing deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. military raid Saturday, an "austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State."

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48," the WaPo headline read.

If that weren't bad enough, the actual article went on to lament, "The man who would become the founding leader of the world’s most brutal terrorist group spent his early adult years as an obscure academic, aiming for a quiet life as a professor of Islamic law,” moving on to focus on the terrorist leader's academic background rather than his infamous record of brutality as the leader of the Islamic State.

Disgusted with the Post's description, Twitter quickly began mocking the publication with other suggestions for their obits.


As of 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, the trending hashtag had more than 130,000 related tweets.

WaPo spokesperson Kristine Coratti Kelly tweeted that the headline “should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.”

Too little, too late.

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