A quick scan of the headlines will tell you everything you need to know about the mainstream media’s reaction to al-Baghdadi’s death. Journalists woke up Sunday morning to a pending major Trump announcement planned for 9:00am. Hopes were high as they began praying for a sudden Trump resignation, or perhaps a recording of Trump singing “You Are My Sunshine” to Putin, or maybe the discovery of a Trump diary written when he was 13.
Unfortunately for our single-minded media elites, the announcement was about the raid and subsequent death of al-Baghdadi. Adam Schiff was inconsolable from within his impeachment bunker, otherwise known as the Schiff Sieve. Nancy Pelosi offered her encouragement by bulging her eyeballs out a couple of additional centimeters and yelling “Fly my pretties! Find that dark lining around this silver cloud!”
With those marching orders, here are a few of the actual headlines that emerged during Sunday afternoon.
From USA Today:
With the sub-headline:
Analysis: The ISIS leader is hardly a household name, as was Osama bin Laden.
[A quick note to NBC, if you feel the need to qualify who’s a household name and who isn’t, you might be trying too hard.]
From the Washington Post:
The Post proceeded to play with other headlines like an undecided squirrel plays in the street. First they described al-Baghdadi as “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief.” This had to be changed because Obama would never use the word “terrorist.” Then al-Baghdadi was an “austere religious scholar.” This, though, made him sound like faculty at Bob Jones University instead of the embodiment of evil. The Post compromised on “extremist leader of the Islamic state.” The squirrel survived but not without injuring its credibility.
The best headline of the day comes from the Daily Wire. “OOPS: ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit has terrorist thanking Trump for ‘Bringing Jobs Back to ISIS’ — just after U.S. forces had killed ISIS leader”
The media may be intentionally biased but the unintentional bonus was seeing Saturday Night Live funny again, although only momentarily.
In a twist few saw coming, Donald Trump borrowed a page from Obama’s big binder of leading-from-behind strategies when the current President announced that the US was withdrawing from Syria.
When it was pointed out that it was Obama’s policy of ensuring at least one leadership vacuum at a time in the Middle-East, Trump counter-pointed that “Putin’s still there.”
But what about ISIS? They grew to fill the vacuum Obama left?
“Well ISIS is the main reason to leave”, Trump exclaimed. “I’ll get a really terrific bump when I defeat ’em again. It’ll be huge. Really terrific. A great bump.”