Slate’s mistakes for the week of Nov. 11.
Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 11.
Slate's mistakes.
Nov. 15 2013 4:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Nov. 15 Crime blog post, Justin Peters misspelled the name of Bryan, Texas.

In a Nov. 15 Politics, Fred Kaplan misstated the year of LBJ's death. He died in 1973, not 1968.

In a Nov. 15 Weigel blog post, David Weigel misspelled Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene's first name.


In a Nov. 14 Crime blog post, Justin Peters misstated that the Apalachin Meeting happened 66 years ago. It was 56 years ago.

In a Nov. 14 Culturebox, Ben Davis misstated that a judge quipped, in response to a copyright suit filed by Jeff Koons, that, "as virtually any clown can attest, no one owns the idea of making a balloon dog.” The line came from a complaint filed by a lawyer representing the defendant in the case, a store selling balloon-dog bookends. 

In a Nov. 13 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misidentified the final segment of The Price Is Right as the Showcase Showdown. It is the Showcase.

In a Nov. 13 DoubleX, Dahlia Lithwick misidentified Rep. Judy Chu as a senator.

In a Nov. 13 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled Mitt Romney's last name.

In a Nov. 13 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misidentified the Washington Center for Equitable Growth as the Washington Center on Equitable Growth. He also misspelled Emmanuel Saez's first name.

In a Nov. 13 Politics, David Weigel misstated that D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Cornelia Pillard is African-American.

Due to a production error, a Nov. 13 Wild Things blog post credited the photo of Jane Goodall opening a parrot aviary to Charles Bergman. Sherry McKelvie took the photo.

In a Nov. 13 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, was half-lit by the sun. It is half-lit by reflected light from Saturn.

In a Nov. 12 Politics, David Weigel misidentified Massachusetts state Sen. Katherine Clark as Elizabeth Clark.

In a Nov. 12 Weigel blog post, David Weigel misidentified former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as Harry Barbour.

Due to a production error, the lead photo's caption in a Nov. 11 Dispatches misstated that the image depicted Tausolo Aieti in his Humvee moments after an explosion. The photo shows Aieti in another Humvee after the explosion.

In a Nov. 11 Future Tense blog post, Will Oremus misstated that all tweets are public. Twitter allows users to create private accounts from which no tweets are public.

In a Nov. 11 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that President Obama lost Cherokee County, Okla., by 16 points in 2012. He lost by 14 points.

In a Nov. 11 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that Virginia's governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general may all be Democrats for the first time since Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Democrats last won those three offices in 1989.

In a Nov. 8 Movies, Dana Stevens misstated that the student protest shown in the movie happened in October of 2012. It happened in October of 2010.

In a Nov. 8 Movies, David Weigel misstated that Edward Norton is an Oscar-winning actor. He has been nominated for an Academy award, but has never won one. 

Due to an editing error, a Nov. 8 video misstated Solid Concepts created a plastic 3-D-printed gun called the Liberator. It was created by Defense Distributed.  

In a Nov. 7 Great Moments in Military History,  Andrew Curry wrote that by the time the Ottoman Empire joined World War I on the side of the Germans, it had shrunk to roughly the size of modern Turkey. In fact, the empire had shrunk to roughly twice the size of modern Turkey.

In a Nov. 1 XX Factor post, Amanda Marcotte incorrectly quoted Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell as reported by Andrea Grimes in RH Reality Check as saying that the state has the right to impose "inconveniences on women seeking abortion in hopes that it may lead women considering abortion to consider childbirth instead.” Grimes misquoted Mitchell, who actually said, "in hopes that it may lead women considering abortion to opt for childbirth instead.” 

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