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Raw Story Used This Journalist’s Picture in Story About Widow Accused of Abetting Orlando Shooter


Noor Tagouri and Noor Salman are completely different women, with different faces, different last names, and a decidedly different history when it comes federal charges. Sadly, the online outlet Raw Story still mixed them up yesterday.

The FBI arrested Salman for allegedly aiding and abetting her husband Omar Mateen in connection to a June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most devastating mass shooting in American history, with 49 dead and 53 wounded. Raw Story, an outlet with a staunchly liberal reputation, wrote about that news like a lot of the media. According to their article’s time-stamp, they got it up at 12:19 p.m. Eastern Time. Problem was, the picture they used wasn’t of Salman. It was of Tagouri, a Newsy journalist who has absolutely nothing to do with the case. She was not pleased.

For the sake of comparison, here’s a picture of Salman with Mateen.

Tagouri also said late Monday that the outlet was slow in fixing the mistake, and apologizing.

Raw Story has fixed the mistake and apologized, as of Tuesday morning.

“A previous version of this story erroneously featured a photo of activist Noor Tagouri,” their correction states. “Raw Story deeply regrets the error.” The article now features a picture of Mateen.

We reached out to them to learn more.

[Screengrab via Tagouri’s YouTube page]

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