Slate’s mistakes for the week of Dec. 9.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week ofDec. 9.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week ofDec. 9.

Slate's mistakes.
Dec. 13 2013 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Dec. 14 Bad Astronomy blog post, Phil Plait misstated the area of arctic ice in billions of square kilometers, instead of millions.

In a Dec. 13 Jurisprudence, Chanakya Sethi misspelled Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson.

In a Dec. 13 Lexicon Valley blog post, Ben Zimmer stated that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, did not reveal where she first came upon the phrase "embrace the suck," an expression she used in urging House Democrats to compromise over a budget deal. In fact, she told Tapper that she first heard the phrase from former Congressman Patrick Murphy.


In a Dec. 13 Weigel blog post, David Weigel misspelled Washington Sen. Patty Murray's last name. He also misspelled Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey's last name. In addition, he misstated that South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith won special elections in 2032, rather than 2013.

In a Dec. 13 XX Factor blog post, Katy Waldman misspelled author Tracy McMillan's first name. She also misspelled Häagen-Dazs.

In a Dec. 12 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misstated that he lived in Jim Graham's D.C. Council District. He used to. Since moving in January, he lives in Jack Evans' Ward 2.

In a Dec. 12 The World blog post, Joshua Keating misstated that the Australian Parliament prohibited same-sex marriage in 2002. The ban was enacted in 2004.


In a Dec. 12 Weigel blog post, David Weigel misidentified New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall as Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.

In a Dec. 11 Moneybox blog post, Matt Yglesias misstated that General Motors’ Board of Directors is 64 percent male, and will be 55 percent male when Mary Barra joins it. The board is 71 percent male, and will be 66 percent male when Barra joins it. He also misstated that GM board member Kathryn Marinello is the former CEO of Stream Global Services. In addition, he misspelled GM board member Carol Stephenson's last name. Also, this post misstated that GM board member Cynthia Telles is a former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Due to a production error, a caption in a Dec. 11 Politics misidentified National Credit Union Administration board member Rick Metsger as standing on the right of a photograph. He is standing on the left.

In a Dec. 11 The Enlightened Manager, Joshua Gans misstated that it’s harder for Swedes to say Absolut than Stolichnaya. It’s harder for Swedes to say Stolichnaya.


In a Dec. 11 The World blog post, Joshua Keating misspelled scientist Andras Kornai's last name.

In a Dec. 10 Doonan, Simon Doonan misstated the price of the British-made hot pink "flouro" satchel. It is 115 pounds, not $115. 

In a Dec. 10 Education, Dana Goldstein misspelled Frank Noschese's last name. 

In a Dec. 10 Holidays, Aisha Harris misstated that penguins are mammals. They are classified as birds.


In a Dec. 10 Weigel blog post, David Weigel misspelled pending D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett’s last name.

In a Dec. 9 Politics, David Weigel misidentified the co-founder and vice president of public affairs for Third Way as Michael Bennett. His name is Matt Bennett.

In a Dec. 9 Sports Nut, Stefan Fatsis misstated that Matt Prater’s record-setting field goal was spotted at the Titans’ 46-yard line. It was the Broncos’ 46-yard line.

In a Dec. 8 Television, Willa Paskin mistakenly referred to Los Angeles' television station KCET as a PBS affiliate, which it has not been since January 2011.


In a Dec. 6 Books, David Cantwell omitted the word me from the title of the Irving Berlin–penned song “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”

In a Dec. 6 Food article, Luke O'Neil misspelled Houston bartender Chris Barriere's last name.

In a Dec. 6 Video, Paca Thomas incorrectly implied that cave sites described in a new study were a single Neanderthal domicile. The sites were in the same cave, but occupied at different times, rather than a single dwelling with multiple levels.

Due to a photo provider error, a photo caption on a Dec. 5 Behold blog post misidentified Philippe Dodard and his wife, Raphaëlle Villard, as Règinald Boulos and one of his employees.

In a Dec. 5 The Next Silicon Valley, Mark Joseph Stern misspelled Iora, the name of the clinic Tony Hsieh coaxed Dr. Zubin Damania into opening.

In a Dec. 2 Medical Examiner, Brooke Donatone misspelled psychologist Jeffrey Arnett's last name and misstated the term emerging adulthood as emerging adolescence.

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