Slate's mistakes for the week of Feb. 4, 2013.

Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 4, 2013

Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 4, 2013

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 8 2013 5:30 AM


Slate's mistakes.

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In a Feb. 7 "Animal Forecast," Brian Switek misstated the width of the Chicxulub Crater, which was created by the asteroid that triggered a mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period. The crater is 110 miles wide.

In a Feb. 7 "Moneybox" blog post, Matthew Yglesias incorrectly stated that US Airways has no direct flights from Philadelphia to London. That sentence has been removed.

Due to an editing error, the Feb. 7 "Movies" misidentified Side Effects' screenwriter Scott Z. Burns as Scott Z. Frank.


In a Feb. 7 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel misspelled Anwar al-Awlaki’s last name.

Due to a copy-editing error, the Feb. 6 "Technology" misstated the name of China's currency. It is the yuan, not the yen.

In a Feb. 5 "Animal Forecast," a headline originally asked whether the Forest Service should shoot barred owls to protect spotted owls. The responsibility for shooting them rests with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In a Feb. 5 “Future Tense” blog post, Andrea Peterson incorrectly stated that Sen. Ron Wyden is from Washington. He is from Oregon.


In a Feb. 4 “Ad Report Card,” Seth Stevenson included a superfluous colon in the title of the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness.

In a Feb. 4 “Brow Beat,” Aisha Harris gave Jay-Z’s legal name as Shawn Carter. In 2009, the rapper changed his surname to Knowles-Carter.

In a Feb. 4 “Politics,” David Weigel stated that Club for Growth has gotten involved in seven primaries. It has gotten involved in seven election cycles.

In a Feb. 4 "Slatest" post about the discovery of King Richard III's remains, Abby Ohlheiser cited a New York Times article that misidentified John Rouse as a 16th-century historian. The John Rouse in question (also spelled John Rous) died in 1491.

In a Feb. 4 “Sports Nut,” Josh Levin referred to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a rookie. Though this is his first year starting, Kaepernick is a second-year player.

In a Feb. 1 “Books,” John Plotz misidentified Daffy Duck's nemesis in "Robin Hood Daffy." It was Porky Pig, not Bugs Bunny.

In the Jan 28 "Doers," piece, Seth Stevenson referred incorrectly to the New York City Investment Fund. The organization's name is the Partnership for New York City Fund. He also misspelled Greg Serio's last name.

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