Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 27

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 31 2014 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 31 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled the last name of Alan Zegas, the attorney of former New Jersey transportation official David Wildstein.

In a Jan. 30 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misspelled the company Procter & Gamble.

In a Jan. 30 Education, Rebecca Schuman misstated that U.S. News & World Report's college ranking metric is private; the magazine published its 2014 formula here.


In a Jan. 30 Moneybox, Matthew Yglesias misspelled the brand Gillette.

In a Jan. 30 The World, Joshua Keating misspelled the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

In a Jan. 30 Video, Paca Thomas incorrectly referred to the deadly bacteria strain Yersinia pestis as a virus.

In a Jan. 30 XX Factor, Jessica Grose misspelled Christian Peter's last name. She also stated that football player Brendan Gibbons was expelled from the University of Michigan in January. He was expelled in December.

In a Jan. 29 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that all four candidates for Texas lieutenant governor were promoting creationism; those are just the four Republican candidates. 

In a Jan. 29 Science, Warren Cornwall misidentified the passenger pigeon as the carrier pigeon. 

In a Jan. 29 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled former Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire's last name.

In a Jan. 28 DoubleX, Hanna Rosin misstated that Melissa Harris-Perry had been denied tenure at Princeton. She’d been denied a full professorship, not tenure. 

Due to an editing error, a Jan. 28 Good Word misstated that the Oxford comma comes after the last item in a series. It comes after the penultimate item. 

In a Jan. 28 The Kids, Melinda Wenner Moyer misstated that none of the tests of conventional produce for pesticides that she cites rinsed the produce before residue testing. Most did not, but the USDA's Pesticide Data Program does rinse produce before residue testing. 

In a Jan. 27 Music Box, Carl Wilson described Jared Leto’s Dallas Buyers Club role as being a transvestite. Leto played a transgender woman. He also misspelled Lindsey Buckingham's first name.

The headlines for a Jan. 27 Science implied that thousands of schools use taxpayer money to teach creationism. State laws in Louisiana and Tennessee permit teachers to teach creationism in addition to evolution, but it is unknown how many actually do.

In a Jan. 27 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misspelled the last name of patient Sarah Tombler-Gimpel. 

In a Jan. 26 Slatest, Daniel Politi described a shotgun round as a "bullet." Shotguns typically fire shells that contain either shot or a slug.

In a Jan. 24 Bitwise, David Auerbach mistakenly stated that Frona Kahn was one of the co-founders of the Learning Company.

In a Jan. 24 The World post, Joshua Keating misidentified the traditional religion of the Ruthenians as Greek Orthodoxy. It was actually a form of Eastern Catholicism.

In a Jan. 21 Education, Sara Mead misstated that the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state to provide full-day prekindergarten in some districts. The court ordered half-day pre-K. 

In a Jan. 8 Lexicon Valley blog post, Bennett Muraskin used some unreliable sources and resulting in a number of untruths and inaccuracies. The original post remains, but a follow-up post outlining the errors, as well as further explanation, can be read here.

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