On The Listening Post this week: The video that sparked a thousand headlines – ISIL leader al-Baghdadi on tape for only the second time ever. Plus, journalism gets the reality TV treatment.

The return of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

It was a long time between on-camera appearances. The world’s most wanted man, ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has surfaced for the first time since 2014.

The last time the world saw him, al-Baghdadi was triumphant, crowing over the territory the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group had captured in Syria and Iraq.

His forces have since been routed and thousands of fighters are either locked up, on the run, or dead.

ISIL’s media output has always been central to the

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