Well, the Washington Post was definitely around during the time of the death of communist revolutionary Che Guevara, but there’s little doubt that the violent rebel would have been received differently by its current editorial board.
When the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced, the Washington Post penned perhaps the worst headline in its editorial career, referring to the Islamist tyrant as an “austere religious scholar” — and completely omitting his brutal terrorist legacy. The article bordered on mourning his death, rather than celebrating killing of a tyrant who helped stage thousands of murders, rapes, and kidnappings.
While this was a bleak moment for journalism, it was a golden time for memes — particularly those slamming the leftist newspaper. This is just one out of many. Others referred to Adolf Hitler as a “struggling art student”, or fictional villains like Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones as an “animal lover.” It was the harsh treatment the Post deeply deserved, and still does.
Although, let’s be honest, the editorial board at the Washington Post probably does feel this way about Che, so it’s not so much of a stretch…