The Washington Post seems to have a really odd sense of propriety, or more importantly, a terrible sense of who the bad guys are vs. who the good guys are.
According to Fox News, NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer was given an obituary in the Washington Post when he died during his battle with Alzheimer’s at 77. He was one of the coaches who had racked up more wins than most others
Yet, the Washington Post’s headline that reported the death read “Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach whose teams wilted in the postseason, dies at 77,” sparking outrage and blowback:
NFL player-turned podcaster Ross Tucker wrote that the Post headline “REALLY pisses me off.”
“How about ‘Who turned around FOUR separate franchises into winners,?’” Tucker added.
“This is just a brutal decision that is completely unfair to Schottenheimer. You should absolutely be able to mention this in the obituary, but to put it in the headline and lede as if it is what defined his life and career is wrong,” Big Lead’s Stephen Douglas wrote.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 9, 2021
WaPo eventually changed its headline to be more friendly toward Schottenheimer to “Marty Schottenheimer, one of the NFL’s winningest coaches, dies at 77,” with a Post spokesman telling Fox News that it should have read that way initially and that it was changed quickly. However, upon reading the article, the very first paragraph highlights his playoff losses:
“Marty Schottenheimer, one of the winningest coaches in the National Football League whose teams found regular-season success yet often struggled in the playoffs and failed to reach the Super Bowl, died Feb. 8 at a hospice center in Charlotte. He was 77,” Post obituary writer Matt Schudel wrote.
It’s a pretty nasty way to remember a man with such a storied and successful career, and it’s one that the Washington Post was rightly dragged over. However, even worse is the fact that the Washington Post is no stranger to writing obituaries for famous men, but especially for infamous men.
As the Daily Caller pointed out, upon the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died at the hands of the Trump administration, the Washington Post wrote a solemn and respectful headline that actually celebrated the terrorist leader.
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48,” was how the Washington Post wrote of the fallen terrorist and enemy of the west.
So let’s break this down.
A man who actually brought joy and success to thousands, and who had winning strategies that saw him and those who worked under him go on to defeat their opponents in one of the most celebrated and prestigious sports in the world, deserves to have his failures highlighted over everything else according to the Washington Post.
However, if an actual terrorist dictator whose primary mission was to bring about a brutal religious theocracy dies at the hands of an American administration that the left doesn’t like, he must be talked about with reverence and solemnity.
What mental malfunction has infected the people at the Washington Post?