Slate's mistakes for the week of Feb. 11, 2013.

Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 11, 2013

Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 11, 2013

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 15 2013 4:45 AM


Slate's mistakes.

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A Feb. 14 home page headline for a “Technology” article referred to a proposal to cut New York’s “energy use” by 90 percent. The report proposed ways to cut carbon emissions by 90 percent.

In a Feb. 13 “Double X,” Diana Spechler misspelled New York clinical psychologist Barrie Rosen's first name.

In the Feb. 13 “Faith-Based,” Michael Brendan Dougherty stated that the number of U.S. Catholic seminarians dropped “nearly 90 percent” between 1965 and 2002. It dropped by more than 90 percent.


In a Feb. 13 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel mistakenly referred to Cory Booker when he intended to refer to Chris Christie in a point about which New Jersey politicians deserved credit for winning federal funds for Hurricane Sandy relief.

In a Feb. 12 “Future Tense” blog post, Ryan Gallagher wrote incorrectly that Christopher Dorner served in the Army. He served in the Navy.

In a Feb. 12 “Moneybox,” Matthew Yglesias misspelled Alan Krueger’s last name.

In a Feb. 12 "Science," Daniel Engber implied that Jonah Lehrer had given talks to adoring crowds at TED. He has never given a TED talk.


In a Feb. 12 “Science,” Mark Joseph Stern misspelled the name Abel, whose murder by Cain, according to creationist author Ken Ham, caused dinosaurs to turn into predators.

In the Feb. 12 “The Vault,” Rebecca Onion described an anti-Nazi parody as a video. While it circulates in video form today, when it was created in 1940, it was a film.

In a Feb. 11 "Bad Astronomy" post, Phil Plait originally listed Feb. 15 as a Saturday, not a Friday. He also referred in the headline to an asteroid as 2012 DA15. It is actually DA14.

In a Feb. 11 "Food," S.T. VanAirsdale described Rob Reilly as the creative director of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. His title is Partner/Worldwide Chief Creative Officer.


In the Feb. 11 "Roiphe," Katie Roiphe quoted the last line of the poem as “Daddy, Daddy, you bastard, I am through.” In fact, the last line is, “Daddy, Daddy, you bastard, I’m through.”

Due to an editing error, a Feb. 11 "Slatest" post misstated how long it has been since a pope resigned. It has been roughly 600 years since Pope Gregory XII stepped down in 1415, not "more than" six centuries.

In a Feb. 11 "Weigel" post, David Weigel misspelled the last names of Joseph Ratzinger and Keith Humphreys.

In a Feb. 11 "Weigel" post, David Weigel misspelled Osama Bin Laden's first name.


In a Feb. 10 "TV Club," Dan Engber linked to a photo that was not actually of Patrick Wilson's wife, actress and author Dagmara Dominczyk.

In a Feb. 8 “"Brow Beat" post,” Aisha Harris referred to H.R. Giger as Swedish. Giger was born in Switzerland.

In a Feb. 8 “Brow Beat” post, Forrest Wickman misspelled the name of the New Republic's Michael Schaffer.

In a Feb. 8 "XX Factor" post, Amanda Marcotte misspelled the name of Ave Maria University.


In a Feb. 8 "XX Factor" post, Amanda Hess repeatedly referred to a gender gap in math. The article and study cited described a gender gap in science.

In the Feb. 7 “Technology,” Justin Peters stated that Seth Schoen met Aaron Swartz when Swartz was 14. Swartz was 15. Peters also stated that Lisa Rein was a programmer who helped build the Creative Commons website. Rein helped create the licensing metadata used on the site and is not a programmer.

In the Feb. 5 "Faith-Based," Brian Palmer misstated that Alois Bell lives in Atlanta. She lives in St. Louis.

In his Jan 28 "Doers," Seth Stevenson misspelled Greg Serio’s name.

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