Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 27, 2012.

Slate's mistakes.
March 2 2012 6:30 AM


Slate's mistakes for the week of Feb. 27, 2012.

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Photograph by Gabriela Insuratelu.

In a March 2 “Moneybox” post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled Katherine Boo's surname.

In a March 1 "Politics," Will Oremus originally misidentified Ohio as a non-Section 5 state that has passed a voter ID law similar to South Carolina's. Ohio's House of Representatives did pass a voter ID bill in March, but it stalled in the state Senate and never became law.

In a Feb. 29 "Explainer" column, Brian Palmer incorrectly stated that Studebaker became part of American Motors. In fact, the plan to merge Studebaker-Packard with American Motors was never completed.


In the Feb. 29 “Cashless Society,” Matthew Yglesias wrote that in-game achievements in video games could be sold to people who have “more time than money on their hands.” Buyers of in-game achievements are likely people with more money than time on their hands.

In a Feb. 29 “Technology” column, Farhad Manjoo originally and incorrectly stated that you have to press the Home button to switch apps on the iPad. You can also switch apps using a four-finger swipe gesture.

In a Feb. 28 “Bull-E,” Emily Bazelon stated that Lady Gaga has not donated money to the Born This Way Foundation. She has in fact contributed $1.2 million.

In a Feb. 26 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel misquoted voter Margo Copley as saying “We see a lot of jobs going unfilled because people are being trained for them.” She said, "... because people aren’t being trained for them.”

In the Feb. 24 “Map of the Week,” a map about student-loan debt significantly overstated the average debt load for most schools—labeling those dollar figures as the average for all first-time, full-time students. That reflected how the data are defined in the Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System—the "average amount of student loans received by full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students"—but those numbers are the average for students receiving loans. The map was revised to make clear what percentage of a school's students actually take out loans.

In a Feb. 23 "Future Tense," Dave Conz misspelled Reinheitsgebot, the 16th-century German food-purity law.

In a Feb. 22 "Science," Joel Warner quoted selectively from DecisionQuest CEO Philip K. Anthony, and inadvertently misrepresented his views about the science of jury selection.