Slate’s mistakes for the week of April 14.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 14

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 14

Slate's mistakes.
April 18 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an April 19 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misattributed the photo to Tom Murphy. It was taken by Dan Long.

In an April 18 Atlas Obscura, Ella Morton misidentified Cerro Negro as a South American volcano. It is in Central America.

In an April 18 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified the objects in a video. The video shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule, the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, and two ejected solar panel covers traveling together in orbit, not just the Dragon capsule with solar panels deployed.


In an April 17 Brow Beat, Miriam Krule misstated the name of the character played by Monica Potter. Her name is Kristina, not Sarah.

In an April 17 Movies, Dana Stevens misstated that Rebecca Hall will star in Spider-Man 3. She previously starred in Iron Man 3.

In an April 17 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misstated that the Bush and Clinton families have dominated the presidency since 1992. They have dominated the presidency since 1988.

In an April 17 Weigel, Boer Deng misspelled National Immigration Law Center attorney Kamal Essaheb’s last name.


In an April 17 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misspelled Mediaite.

In an April 16 Culture Gabfest, curator Vivien Greene's first name was misspelled.

In an April 16 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that WSJDLive was the Wall Street Journal's first tech conference. It is the 12th year the conference is taking place, but it is the first year under new management and is therefore being referred to as the "inaugural" conference.

In an April 16 Future Tense, Rebecca Schuman misstated that Roopika Risam and Adeline Koh's Postcolonial Digital Humanities is a journal. It is a project, not a journal. 


In an April 16 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled the name of fast food chain Chick-Fil-A.

In an April 16 Science, Warren Cornwall misattributed the animated film Spirit to Disney. It was a DreamWorks production.

In an April 15 Future Tense blog post, Ryan Vogt misstated that Sega has become a software-only company. Sega still develops arcade games.

In an April 15 Moneybox, Alison Griswold mistakenly said the D.C. Taxicab Commission would set price surges for rides booked through mobile dispatch services. In fact, it is the mobile dispatch services that would adjust the prices. A section of the article based on this misinterpretation has been removed.


In a April 15 Politics, Andrew L. Grossman misstated the name of the American Public Media program Marketplace Morning Report.

In an April 15 The Bet, Jon Nathanson misspelled the name of the Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker Blue.

In an April 14 Brow Beat, Dee Locket misstated the age of the deceased construction worker in the God's Pocket trailer. He is 22, not 42. 

In an April 14 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that Jason Lezak was the oldest American swimmer to swim in the Olympics. He was the oldest male swimmer to accomplish this feat.

In an April 10 Gaming, Stefan Fatsis misstated that the word zen lost in the semifinals of the add-a-Scrabble-word contest. It lost in the finals.

In an Oct. 20, 2011, Explainer, Brian Palmer misstated the length of the U.S. tax code as 72,000 pages. It is a myth; the U.S. tax code is nowhere near that long

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