Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 27

Slate's mistakes.
May 31 2013 4:45 AM

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Slate’s mistakes.

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In a May 31 "Science," Ann Finkbeiner wrote that the United States has not signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. President Clinton signed the treaty, but the Senate has not ratified it.

In a May 30 “Map of the Week,” a map in the interactive displaying abortion laws claimed that the U.S. requires spousal consent in some states. While eight states do have spousal consent laws, they are not enforced because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In the interactive displaying abortion laws by state, some of the maps claimed that some states require minors to have parental consent before accessing contraceptives. The laws for those states don’t say whether minors can consent to contraceptives or not on their own. These maps have been consolidated into a single map of states about the rights of minors to access contraceptives.The article also misspelled Colombia.

In a May 29 “Dear Prudence,” Emily Yoffe misspelled the surname of Jane Austen’s fictional character, Elizabeth Bennet.

In a May 29 “Future Tense,” Mark Joseph Stern incorrectly wrote that the New York outbreak of meningitis is caused by a virus. Though some forms of meningitis are viral, this outbreak is a bacterial infection.

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In a May 29 "Slatest" blog post about Michele Bachmann's announcement that she would not seek re-election in 2014, Josh Voorhees mistakenly referred to MichelePAC as a super PAC. The political action committee, which is currently being investigated for possible campaign law violations, is a leadership PAC.

In a May 29 “War Stories,” Fred Kaplan credited New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh with the scoop on President Nixon's secret bombing of Cambodia. William Beecher, also of the New York Times, first reported that story. This example was removed and replaced with another of Hersh's major scoops, the My Lai massacre.

A May 28 "Brow Beat" blog post, Alex Heimbach referred to the character Smash, from Friday Night Lights, as a wide receiver. He is a running back. Also, the actor Scott Porter was misidentified as Jason Porter.

In a May 28 “Moneybox,” Matthew Yglesias misspelled Fast and the Furious character Brian O’Conner’s last name.

In a May 28 "Music Box," Carl Wilson stated that the National's album High Violet came out in 2009. It was released in 2010.

In a May 28 “Technology,” Farhad Manjoo misstated the season that TreeRing prints its yearbooks. It occurs in the spring, not the summer.

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