You can actually see the original by looking at the URL: obituaries/abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-ISLAMIC-STATES-TERRORIST-IN-CHIEF. That’s right. The original had Baghdadi referred to as “Terrorist-in-Chief,” but someone at the Washington Post decided to change that to “austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.”
They also, in the body of the obituary, call him a “conservative scholar.”
In other words, the Washington Post made an editorial judgment that they should downplay the terrorism of the leader of ISIS and play up the religious academic angle. It fits better with the Washington Post’s ongoing bias against conservative Christians in the United States. All those conservative, religious people are bad no matter their religion.
Democracy dies in darkness and bias thrives in headlines.