Media’s response to Baghdadi’s death: Trump is mean

Media’s response to Baghdadi’s death: Trump is mean
ISIS video via Independent

Monday should have been a day of public rejoicing in America, much as the Monday following Barack Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden was. The day before, Obama’s successor made a similar announcement, reporting to the American people that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a raid. Instead of jubilance, there was discontent coming from the media, which felt that Donald Trump had been too “mean” in making the announcement.

When your Trump Derangement Syndrome is so advanced that you feel sympathy for a bloodthirsty terrorist, you know it’s time to seek help.

Granted, the commander-in-chief pulled no punches in describing Baghdadi’s end. “He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place,” Trump said, before relaying that the ISIS leader ran to the end of a tunnel as American military dogs gave chase, “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” (RELATED: White House Releases Photo Of Trump Watching Baghdadi Raid From Situation Room)

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Nick Paton Walsh, a senior international correspondent for CNN, actually compared President Trump to ISIS for the manner in which he delivered his remarks. “There were lots of moments during Donald Trump’s speech which jarred to some degree,” Walsh complained. “It is extraordinary how the communications were managed.”

“It was a long trail ahead of him actually releasing details, explicit details, some of it which sort of echoed frankly the crudeness you would often expect to hear from ISIS about the whimpering, screaming Baghdadi penned down in a sealed tunnel killing himself and his three children,” he carried on. “It was sort of disturbing to hear to some degree.” (RELATED: Lindsey Graham on ISIS Leader’s Death: ‘I Want to Congratulate President Trump’)

Wait, There’s More

The insanity didn’t stop with CNN, which shares common cause with any groups that would be decimated by the president’s actions as commander.

Over on Face the Nation, President Barack Obama’s CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell was being asked to analyze the historic takedown and had this to say: “You don’t want a locker-room kind of feel to this. That was the one thing we worked really hard on after the bin Laden raid, is don’t make those kinds of statements, because it does inspire other people.”

Nah, we’d argue that referring to Baghdadi’s organization as the JV team to al Qaeda and claiming they’ve been contained within 24 hours of a major attack in Paris – that inspires other people to take up arms for the terrorists. Not putting their leader down like a dog.

Time magazine, meanwhile, was using another Obama-era official to criticize Trump’s comments. Daniel Benjamin, coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department under Obama said, “What I don’t understand is why we need to get down in the gutter and use this kind of language. I don’t think it is American.”

Benjamin added, “I think it is beneath us all.”

The Washington Post accused the President of “creating spectacle” and criticized him for departing from Obama’s more measured tone on bin Laden.

White House officials insisted it is important to mock the death of Baghdadi and any other ISIS leaders.

“He was trying to do something we’ve done in the past, which is demonstrate that the leaders of al Qaeda and ISIS are not courageous and they are not people who should be followed,” Roger Cressey, a former senior White House counter-terrorism official under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, explained.

In a column for the paper, “military historian” Max Boot was even more pointed in his criticism, writing, “The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was … contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up.” Sure, using your children as human shields and then blowing them up along with you is the epitome of bravery.

The media will use any excuse to criticize Trump – even if it puts them on the same side as terrorists.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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