Slate’s mistakes for the week of June 10

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 10

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 10

Slate's mistakes.
June 14 2013 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

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In a June 14 "Brow Beat" post, John Dickerson misstated Bob Dylan’s current age, the year he arrived in Greenwich Village, and the venue of his “Royal Albert Hall” concert. Dylan is 72, not 73; he arrived in the Village in 1961, not 1959. The “Royal Albert Hall” concert, despite its name, was recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.

In a June 14 "Moneybox" blog post, Matthew Yglesias wrote that market-rate transactions for houses are rare. He meant to say that such transactions rarely take place for parking spaces.

A June 14 headline on a “Trending News Channel” video referred to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s husband. She and her partner are not married.

In a June 14 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel misspelled Marc Thiessen’s first name.


In a June 13 "Bad Astronomy" blog post, Phil Plait identified a 2010 pertussis outbreak as being in 2013.

In a June 13 “Brow Beat” blog post, J. Bryan Lowder misstated the title of the film Driving Miss Daisy.

In a June 13 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel misquoted a joke Roger Ailes told at the Bradley Prizes ceremony. The joke was about a woman who “didn’t come home” one night, not one who “didn’t come over.”

Due to a production error, a June 12 "Future Tense" blog post originally appeared under the wrong author's name. It is by Laura Parker.


In a June 12 "Future Tense" blog post, Jason Bittel incorrectly used "refracting" and "refracted" instead of "diffracting" and "diffracted" in four places.

In a June 12 “Weigel,” David Weigel misspelled editor Dan Diamond’s last name.

In a June 12 "XX Factor" blog post, Amanda Marcotte wrote that according to a recent study, “turnaways”—women turned away from abortion clinics because they are too far along in their pregnancies—had worse mental health outcomes than women who had access to abortions when they wanted them. While turnaways do suffer anxiety and a loss of self-esteem directly after being turned away, the study concludes that those mental health differences do not persist over time.

In a June 11 “Jurisprudence,” Emily Bazelon stated that the Pentagon Papers showed that the Nixon administration knew that casualty figures in Vietnam would be much higher than the numbers it publicly projected. It was the Johnson administration that knew the casualty numbers would be higher.


In a June 11 “Politics,” John Dickerson misspelled Clare Boothe Luce’s first name.

In a June 11 “XX Factor” blog post, Alyssa Rosenberg misstated the number of men featured on Port magazine's cover. It is six, not seven. She also misspelled Clara Jeffery's last name.

In a June 10 "Weigel" blog post, David Weigel originally left the words "have a" out of this quote: "This is a big country, and people want to have a happy life in a country that's stable."

In a June 8 "Cocktail Chatter," Mariana Zepeda misidentified Beverly Gage as a professor at Yale Law School. Gage is a historian and teaches in the History Department at Yale University.

In a June 7 "Foreigners," Will Dobson wrote that the Sunnylands Retreat is in the Mojave Desert. It is in the Colorado Desert.

In a June 6 “Science,” Mark Vanhoenacker misspelled Carly Fiorina’s name.

In a June 5 "Crime" blog post, Justin Peters misidentified the reporter who wrote an NPR story on the TrackingPoint rifle. He is Mark Dewey, not Matthew Dewey.

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