Media’s al-Baghdadi Sour Grapes
It’s like they can’t help themselves. Late Saturday night, President Trump announced the successful elimination of the world’s most wanted man, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The following day, the triumphant commander in chief held a press conference detailing the Army Delta Forces’ dangerous and daring nighttime Syria raid. The US media reaction was swift and sneering. CNN published “The 41 most shocking lines from Donald Trump's Baghdadi announcement” scolding Trump for rudely “casting Baghdadi as a fearful wimp in his last moments.”
The Washington Post ran the bizarre and inexplicable headline identifying al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar.” The New York Times reassured readers that the successful take down of the man who once ruled over eight million terrorized civilians, “happened in spite of President Trump’s actions, not because of them.”
The grieving family of one of al-Baghdadi’s victims disagrees. In 2013, young aid worker Kayla Mueller (after whom the weekend military operation was named) was kidnapped by ISIS in Aleppo, Syria. After 18 months of torture and rape by al-Baghdadi, himself, Kayla was executed.
Her mother, Marsha Mueller, told the Arizona Republic, Sunday morning, “I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been.”
Trump supporter and Iraq war Army veteran Rob Smith tells Inside Washington, “Question all the messages from American mainstream media that seek to either ignore the good things or to say that they all happened ‘in spite’ of Trump’s leadership. It’s crap.” Smith adds, “It is one of the many, many reasons why most people don’t trust that messaging.”