Slate’s mistakes for the week of Feb. 24.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 24

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 24

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 28 2014 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 28 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled the last name of future Slate columnist Jordan Weissmann and the name of the restaurant Chipotle.

In a Feb. 28 Outward, J. Bryan Lowder misspelled Ron Woodroof’s last name.

In a Feb. 28 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Wichita Business Journal reporter Daniel McCoy's last name.


In a Feb. 28 Vault, Rebecca Onion misspelled curator Isotta Poggi's name. The post also implied that every French colony was independent by 1962. Djibouti became independent in 1977, and other former colonies, including French Guyana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique, remain overseas departments of France.

In a Feb. 28 World, Joshua Keating originally stated that Javier Bardem had met with the French ambassador to the United States. The meeting, at which the French foreign ministry denies the remarks in question were said, took place in the United States but was actually with the ambassador to the United Nations.

In a Feb. 28 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

In a Feb. 27 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misspelled American Hustle director David O. Russell's last name and the name of the movie The Book Thief.


In a Feb. 27 Future Tense, Eric Holthaus originally included a quote from a New York Times article describing warm weather conditions that were affecting numerous races this year. The New York Times article was from February 2013; the quote has been deleted.

In a Feb. 27 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Mississippi maintains no record of legislative floor debate. The Mississippi College School of Law maintains a video feed.

In a Feb. 26 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait originally misstated that the number of known Earth-sized planets quintupled. However, the number jumped from about 20 to about 120, so it actual sextupled.

In a Feb. 26 The Bet, Jon Nathanson stated that Facebook takes a 30 percent cut of sales from developers who use the Facebook platform, even for revenues that come from sources outside of Facebook. Although this has been the case with at least one prominent developer in the past, it is not the case today. Facebook takes a 30 percent cut only from developers using Facebook's desktop payments engine, for apps running on Facebook itself.


In a Feb. 26 Culturebox, Emily Bazelon misstated the time for an online screening of the documentary The Prep School Negro. The airtime was 7 p.m. Eastern, not 7:30.  

In a Feb. 26 Jurisprudence, Chanakya Sethi misidentified defendant Kerri Kaley as Kelli Kaley.

In a Feb. 26 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled the last name of reporter Binyamin Appelbaum.

In a Feb. 26 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that Cosmopolitan's current deputy editor was reciting cover lines from old issues of the magazine. She was reading lines from inside the magazines.


The headline for a Feb. 25 Business Insider originally read, "What's Your State's Favorite Band?" The map shows musical artists people in each state like to listen to more than people in other states. The headline has been changed to reflect that. The original map also misspelled Kelly Rowland's last name.

In a Feb. 24 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that a red line in a graph was from higher-energy X-rays when it actually represented lower energy X-rays associated with solar flares.

In a Feb. 24 Education, Rebecca Schuman misstated that Northwestern University did not in any way discipline philosophy professor Peter Ludlow after the school found he had violated its sexual harassment code in his treatment of a student. In fact, Northwestern says, it denied Ludlow a major raise, refused him an endowed chair, and required him to attend sensitivity training. She also misstated that the student's complaint in court, and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office's findings, included the allegation that the student's blouse was unbuttoned. In fact, the complaint does not make that allegation. And the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office did not address it, finding only that the student was in Ludlow's bed with his arms around her. 

In a Feb. 24 Jurisprudence, Emily Bazelon misidentified the organization Paul Bland works for. He is a lawyer at Public Justice, not Public Citizen. 


In a Feb. 24 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misstated that Ukraine was a uniquely vulnerable territory in the game of Risk due to the number of territories that could attack it and that (unlike Ontario and China) it's not on the interior of the continent. West Africa, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa are equally vulnerable by this measure.

In a Feb. 24 Vault, Rebecca Onion misstated the location of an inset on a geographical game map. The tableau of a group of Native Americans watching a train pass is on the bottom left-hand corner, not the bottom right-hand corner. 

In a Feb. 23 Television, Willa Paskin misstated that Michelle Monaghan has never appeared topless on True Detective. She has.

In a Feb. 22 Five-Ring Circus, Justin Peters misstated that skiers must have competed in at least five FIS-sanctioned races and finished no worse than 140th in each to qualify for the Olympic slalom and giant slalom. In fact, the skiers must average no more than 140 FIS points per race to make the Olympics. (As with golf, lower point totals are better in skiing.)

In a Feb. 22 Future Tense blog post, Ariel Bogle misstated that on average, women tilt their heads 150 percent farther than men do in selfies. They tilt their heads 50 percent farther.

In a Feb. 21 Roads & Kingdoms, Meredith Hoffman misstated that Argentina experienced hyperinflation in 2002. In fact, it only experienced high inflation.

In a Feb. 21 Wild Things, Lance Richardson understated the number of public comments made in response to a wolf delisting proposal by the Fish and Wildlife Service as at least 30,000. An influx from conservation groups in December put the comment tally at more than 1 million.

In a Feb. 20 Outward, J. Bryan Lowder misspelled South Carolina State Representative Garry Smith’s first name.

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