Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 20, 2012.

Slate's mistakes.
Aug. 24 2012 3:07 AM


Slate's mistakes.

Red pen

Photograph by Gabriela Insuratelu.

In the Aug. 24 "Foreigners," Geoffrey Sant described Domingo Fernandez Navarrete as a Jesuit missionary. He was a Dominican missionary.

In an Aug. 23 "XX Factor," Amanda Marcotte did not credit researchers Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton in her post about hook-up culture.

In an Aug. 23 “Slatest,” Josh Voorhees misspelled Sarah Palin’s first name.

In an Aug. 22 “Politics,” Barron YoungSmith incorrectly described Justin A. Frank as a psychologist. He is a psychiatrist.

In an Aug. 21 “Breaking Views,” Katy Waldman originally included a photo of Weekly Standard founder William Kristol rather than venture capitalist Peter Thiel.

In an Aug. 21 “Medical Examiner,” Harriet Hall stated that the U.S. military was using dowsing rods to detect explosives. It was the Iraqi military.

In an Aug. 21 “XX Factor” post, Katy Waldman misspelled the last name of women’s rights activist Martha Burk.

In an Aug. 20 “Moneybox,” Matthew Yglesias misspelled the last name of Binyamin Appelbaum.

In an Aug. 20 “Science,” Geoff Brumfiel wrote that children living near the site of a Soviet-era nuclear waste tank explosion suffer an elevated risk of cancer. Adults there have an elevated cancer risk, but it's not clear that children do.

In an Aug. 17 “Gaming,” Stefan Fatsis originally said that the boy who was caught cheating at the National Scrabble Championship was ejected from the tournament in the presence of his mother. It was the mother of another youth player.

In the Aug. 15 “Victory Lab,” Sasha Issenberg stated that the Voter Participation Center sends out registration appeals monthly; the group actually sends them out quarterly. He wrote that the VPC made 13 changes to the design of its mailed packages in June 2012; the changes were to the way it builds its list of targets. Issenberg also inaccurately reported that the VPC used microtargeting models to individually identify potential voters most likely to be Democrats.

Slate strives to correct all errors of fact. If you've seen an error in our pages, let us know at General comments should be posted in our comments sections at the bottom of each article.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge


The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems

Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 4:09 PM It’s All Connected What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.