Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 31

Slate's mistakes.
April 4 2014 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an April 4 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misspelled playwright David Ives' last name.

In an April 4 Jurisprudence, Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres misspelled Barack Obama's first name.

In an April 4 Movies, Dana Stevens mistakenly referred to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara as a general. McNamara served in the Air Force and left active service as a lieutenant colonel.


I an April 4 The World, Joshua Keating misspelled Mumbai shooter Ajmal Kasab’s first name.

In an April 3 Behold, David Rosenberg misquoted photographer Tom Sanders as saying it takes him five years to get on the dance floor. Sanders said getting on the dance floor requires five beers.

In an April 3 Future Tense blog post, Eric Holthaus stated that heat-related fatalities have tripled in the last few decades. In the late 1990s, the World Health Organization changed the way it classifies causes of death, making it difficult to compare data.

In an April 3 Future Tense, Will Oremus misstated that Brendan Eich was the CEO of Mozilla and that Mozilla was a nonprofit. Eich was CEO of Mozilla Corp., a taxable subsidiary of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation.

In an April 3 Politics​, Jamelle Bouie misstated that 50 percent of black children live in neighborhoods with poverty rates of greater than 50 percent. They live in neighborhoods with poverty rates greater than 20 percent.

In an April 3 Television, Willa Paskin misstated what nonsensical buzzword a character in HBO's Silicon Valley is constructing elegant hierarchies for. It is for maximum code reuse and extensibility, not maximum code reuse and ostensibility.

In a April 3 Weigel, David Weigel misidentified the Center to Protect Patient Rights as the Center for Patient Rights.

In an April 2 Moneybox, Krissy Clark misstated the number of Walmart workers and their family members on food stamps in a given time period. The company had an average of more than 14,500 workers and family members on food stamps last year.

In an April 2 Music Box, Carl Wilson misspelled Sam Shepard's last name.

Due to an editing error, the headline of an April 2 XX Factor misstated that a Saturday Night Live sketch referred to a black female scientist as a white male scientist. The sketch referred to the black female scientist as a male scientist but did not address race. 

In an April 1 Browbeat, Rachael Larimore misspelled the first name of How I Met Your Mother character Tracy McConnell.

Due to an editing error, an April 1 Dear Prudence misspelled Malaysia Airlines as Malaysian Airlines.

In a March 31 Brow Beat, Miriam Krule misspelled the first name of How I Met Your Mother character Tracy McConnell.

In a March 31 XX Factor, Emily Bazelon misspelled the first name of Robert H. Richards IV.

In a March 30 Kids, Melinda Wenner Moyer misstated that Ph.D. Student Birgitte Vittrup Simpson recruited 93 families for her study. She recruited 99 families. Also, due to a copy-editing error, the article mischaracterized Rebecca Bigler's study of 6-to-11-year-old children. She did not study a mixed group of black and white students. She studied a group of white students and a group of black students, but they never mixed in the study.

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