Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 7

Slate's mistakes.
May 16 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a May 16 Jurisprudence​, Dahlia Lithwick misspelled Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last name.

In a May 15 Jurisprudence, David S. Cohen misstated the year the 14th Amendment was ratified. It was 1868, not 1865.

In a May 15 Weigel, David Weigel misstated the first name of New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson.


In a May 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the first name of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

In the show notes for the May 14 Culture Gabfest​Adventure Time was mislabeled as being on Comedy Central. It airs on Cartoon Network. 

In a May 14 Dear Prudence, Emily Yoffe mistakenly referred to a letter writer as the aunt of an orphaned girl. The letter writer was the sister-in-law.

In a May 14 Politics, John Dickerson misspelled the last names of Erick Erickson and Kay Hagan.

In a May 14 Slatest, Mark Joseph Stern misspelled David Folkenflik's last name. 

In a May 14 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Washington Post reporter Jenna Portnoy’s last name.

In a May 13 Books, Emily Bazelon misstated that Rep. Mike Rogers is a senator.

In a May 13 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misstated that she found the best way to grate ginger. She found the best way to peel ginger. 

In a May 13 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misspelled Arapaho in a map of most commonly spoken Native American languages. 

In a May 13 Politics, John Dickerson misstated that Hillary Clinton fell in late December 2012. She fell earlier in the month. She was admitted to the hospital in late December 2012. He also misstated that Clinton did not wear special glasses after she was released to the hospital. She did.

In a May 12 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated the number of times Judge Paul Niemeyer said, “every single person in this courtroom is the product of a marriage.” He stated this once, not several times.

In a May 12 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled the adjective Westerosi.

In a May 12 The World, Joshua Keating misspelled Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth’s first name.

In a May 9 Brow Beat​, L.V. Anderson misstated that Joseph Heller's Catch-22 was set in an Air Force camp. It is set in an army camp. The Air Force did not become an independent branch of the United States military until 1947, a few years after Heller’s novel took place.

In a May 9 Jurisprudence, Boer Deng and Dahlia Lithwick misstated that the death penalty is illegal in Europe. Capital punishment is illegal in the European Union but still carried out in Belarus. 

In a May 6 Jurisprudence​, Emily Bazelon misstated that nine states have carried out executions in the last two years. Nine states have carried out executions since the beginning of 2013.

In a May 6 Science​, Sam Kean misstated that Matthew Lena is a neuroscientist. He is a computer scientist and intellectual property consultant.

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