Welcome to Are We Doomed? the weekly column in which I will take the latest news and try to determine if it’s all downhill from here.
Good news, everybody, a major terrorist is super dead!
Verdict: Not doomed!
Instead of celebrating a huge blow to terrorism, some news outlets were a little confused. The Washington Post put his death in the obituary section rather than news, and the headline described Baghdadi as “an austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State.” They then went on to describe a man who nobody thought was prone to violence, a little kid with poor vision who loved soccer. They certainly tried to paint him in as sympathetic a light as possible.
They had it right the first time.
The Washington Post changed the headline on its Al-Baghdadi obituary from “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-Chief” to “austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.” pic.twitter.com/cs243EVz7W
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 27, 2019
They did change it after it went viral, but why would it happen in the first place?
Verdict: Pretty doomed until and unless these once-respected media outlets get their collective act together.
The information came out in drips. A hero dog was on the team that took out Baghdadi. The dog was injured, but ok. Then we found out the hero dog is a good girl named Conan. A picture was released and she’s a beautiful Belgian Malionis.
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
Verdict: Dogs are everything. We are not doomed as long as we have them.
The next day, the Daily Wire tweeted a meme. A photoshopped image of President Trump putting the medal of honor on Conan. The president retweeted it, showing his love for her. And that’s when people lost their dang minds.
AMERICAN HERO! pic.twitter.com/XCCa2sGfsZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2019
People fact-checked the image, checked with Trump’s schedule to see if he was scheduled to present a medal to a dog that day, and went ballistic over the president tweeting “misinformation.” Have these people never seen a meme? Look at this nonsense.
A WH official said "the dog is not at the WH." https://t.co/eJLqBMyKna
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 30, 2019
I've requested details from the @WhiteHouse on this photo.
There was no such canine event on today's @POTUS schedule but there is a Medal of Honor ceremony set here for later today for an active duty Green Beret. https://t.co/NESINT9J4b
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2019
Fine, just the president of the United States disseminating a doctored image created by a right-wing propaganda site. pic.twitter.com/Ky26zdDaXe
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) October 30, 2019
The New York Times even found the human who was replaced by Conan in the photoshop to get his comment. He thought it was funny, because he’s a normal person.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 30, 2019
Verdict: As with the story above, old-school media is completely doomed, as is anyone who lacks a sense of humor enough to get mad about this. So, partial doom.
After the bizarre response, the memes got even better.
Whoa if true. pic.twitter.com/veaubOgCmm
— Amelia (@AmeliaHammy) October 31, 2019
slightly better version pic.twitter.com/A2N3Nt1gxG
— evan jACABs (@esjesjesj) October 30, 2019
"See? Right there. The dog was cropped. We're through the looking glass now." pic.twitter.com/HnUPxxZTjd
— NeverTweet (@LOLNeverTweet) October 30, 2019
Verdict: The people taking this seriously were so soundly mocked that it gave me hope for the future.
"It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being." -Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pic.twitter.com/s1aLTz1mJ2
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 31, 2019
Girl, that is creepy. He’s not God, he’s a politician.
Verdict: We are definitely doomed as long as people are looking to a politician to find their own worth. Yikes.
Kanye Drops a New Album
Kanye West dropped a new album called “Jesus is King” and people were…surprised. It’s an album of Biblically-sound music worshiping God.
He promoted the new album in his own version of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, and it was so good.
Verdict: It’s incredible to see people making positive changes. Some doubt that he’s a true believer, but how are we to know and who are we to say? He got the phrase “Jesus is King” trending on Twitter, and who knows how many people will hear a message in his music they hadn’t heard before, or hadn’t heard in a way that spoke to them? I think it’s worth being excited about.
Verdict: We’re not doomed. At all.