Washington Post editors were having a hard time on Sunday deciding which title to choose for a news piece on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh terrorist group. One of the choices they made drew fire from readers as it called him "austere religious scholar."
The first title the paper chose was "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's 'terrorist-in-chief,' dies at 48," using the group's self-proclaimed name, chosen despite a total denial of Islamic beliefs in the horrific acts they committed.
The title was later changed to a scandalous alternative: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48."
Washington Post Vice President Kristine Coratti Kelly responded to the title changes on Twitter.
"Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly," she tweeted.
Daesh leader al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria, President Donald Trump announced earlier on the same day.