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The Morning Briefing: #WaPoDeathNotices Edition

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)

Well, That Escalated Quickly

It was Dead Terrorist Weekend in America, which in times past was the kind of thing that would bring us together as a nation, even if only for a little while.

That’s so early 21st-century.

President Trump’s remarks about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi triggered the libs, who seemed to be upset that he spoke ill of a terrorist:

“He was a sick and depraved man. And now he’s gone.”

Trump thanked other countries for their support with the operation, including the Kurds, Turkey, Iraq, and Russia.

“A brutal killer … has violently been eliminated,” he said. “He died like a dog. He died like a coward.”

Sounds good to me, but that’s what set off Left Twitter all day Sunday.

While the president was blunt in his assessment, The Washington Post decided to throw a coat of whitewash on the story. The newspaper embarrassed itself with this obituary headline about al-Baghdadi:

Austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48

This is how awful the media is now. The headline isn’t the result of some 25-year-old social media person being clueless. That thing had to get cleared by a grownup, professional newspaper editor.

The headline was so tone-deaf that the mockery that ensued eventually forced WaPo to alter the headline later on Sunday.

The spectacularly bad original headline ended up inspiring the Twitter hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices, which ended up being the most entertaining thing that happened on social media in quite some time.

Beginning the week with a little fun is always a good idea, so here are some of my favorites.

https://twitter.com/suzukinathie/status/1188570513981001729

PJM Linktank

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Harvard Students Upset that Newspaper Contacted ICE for a Story About… ICE

Bee Me

The Kruiser Kabana

https://twitter.com/MattsIdeaShop/status/1188175010873012226

I don’t believe we have had any Robin Williams clips yet. Enjoy.

The theme for this week will be whimsy. Or whiskey.
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PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”