Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 10

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 14 2014 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 14 Brow Beat, Jack Hamilton misstated that De La Soul's music would be available for free download until 1 p.m. on Feb. 15. It is only scheduled to be available until noon.

In a Feb. 14 Brow Beat, Lara Zarum misstated that Downton Abbey character Lady Sybil trained to be a nurse during WWII. She trained during World War I.

In a Feb. 13 Future Tense, Will Oremus misstated that the Ivanpah solar power plant was in Nevada. It is in California, near the Nevada border.


In a Feb. 13 Jurisprudence, James Loeffler and Moria Paz misspelled Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's last name.

In a Feb. 13 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misstated that NYNEX and Bell Atlantic were part of the old “Ma Bell. ”They were successors to it. 

In a Feb. 13 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misstated, based on an earlier Reuters report, that the derailed rail shipment contained natural gas. The train was carrying crude oil and included one car transporting propane.

In a Feb. 13 Politics, Bob Garfield wrote that all 15 states that emerged from the Louisiana Purchase are now red states. Thirteen of the 15 are red: Minnesota and New Mexico voted for President Obama in 2012.

In a Feb. 13 The World, Joshua Keating misquoted Charles Kenny as saying global economic inequality was not a problem. He said it was a problem.

In a Feb. 12 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that FullContact and Evercontact were add-ons to Gmail. They are standalone products that interface with Gmail.

In a Feb. 12 Politics, Emma Roller misstated that a provision in Wisconsin's mandatory ultrasound law shut down a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. That provision is being challenged in court, and the clinic in question remains open.

In a Feb. 11 Five-Ring Circus, Dvora Meyers misstated that it’s been eight years since a U.S. figure skater has won a medal in world or Olympic competition. It’s been eight years since a female U.S. figure skater won an individual medal.

In a Feb. 11 History, Tanner Colby misstated that black workers make .62 cents for every dollar white workers make. The correct amount is .62 dollars, or 62 cents.

In a Feb. 11 Science, Chris Kirk and David Taylor misrepresented the incidence of lung cancer with a pie chart that was smaller than it should actually be. 

In a Feb. 11 The World, Joshua Keating misspelled al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s last name.

In a Feb. 10 Behold, David Rosenberg stated that photographer John Moore has covered Mexico and Nicaragua as a photographer for Getty Images since 2005. He's covered Mexico and Nicaragua at different points in his career for various outlets, including Getty Images and the Associated Press.

In a Feb. 10 DoubleX, Emily Bazelon misstated that the police interviewed Patricia Esparza on Dec. 5, 2012, and that Julie Rojas was interviewed the next day. They were both interviewed on Dec. 6, 2012.

Due to a production error, a Feb. 10 Medical Examiner misspelled photographer Ron Pastorino’s last name.

In a Feb. 10 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misstated the date of the Beatles' first concert on American soil. The Washington Coliseum show was on Feb. 11, 1964, not Feb. 10.

In a Feb, 10 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that lobbyist Rick Berman appeared on 60 Minutes in 2009. His appearance was in 2007.

In a Feb. 10 XX Factor, Katy Waldman misstated that Justin Bieber peed on a photograph of Bill Clinton. He did not. He peed in a restaurant mop bucket and sprayed the former president's likeness with cleaning fluid. 

In a Feb. 7 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that John Kerry ran for president on a health insurance expansion that would have cost $650. The expansion would have cost $650 billion.

In a Feb. 6 Five Ring Circus, Seth Stevenson misstated that the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, took place in 1988.

In a Feb. 5 Brow Beat, Troy Patterson misspelled the last name of Rick Schuster, the winner of Slate's Gentleman Scholar Explaining Football to Foreign People or American People Who Don’t Understand Football Clearly and Concisely Contest.

In a Feb. 2 Books, Wilton Barnhardt used the acronym FNLQ for the Front de Libération du Québec. The correct acronym is FLQ.

In a July 16, 2012 Music Box, Jody Rosen misstated that Usher is the only performer who has had a No. 1 pop hit in each of the last three decades. Britney Spears has also achieved that feat.

In a 2004 Culturebox, recycled for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Fred Kaplan misstated that the Rolling Stones didn't perform on Ed Sullivan until 1967. They first appeared on the show in 1964.

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