Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 19

Slate's mistakes.
May 23 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a May 23 The Eye, 99% Invisible misspelled the first name of author Betty Fussell.

Due to a production error, a May 23 Movies was mistakenly accompanied by a photo of a different David Thomson than the British-born film critic and author.

In a May 23 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misspelled Juilliard.


In a May 22 Future Tense blog post, Tyler Lopez misspelled the last name of Bob Lannon, the man behind the @SummaryBug Twitter account.

In a May 22 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated that a statement on an agreement between Airbnb and the New York attorney general was issued by the AG's office. It was issued jointly by the AG's office and Airbnb.

In a May 22 Movies, Dana Stevens misidentified the location of a gunfight in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was in the Pentagon, not the White House.

In a May 21 Education, Rebecca Schuman misstated the percentage of American professors currently enjoying tenure. It is under 20 percent, not under 10 percent.

In a May 21 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled the last name of Bloomberg Businessweek writer Joshua Brustein. 

In a May 21 Medical Examiner, Alan Levinovitz misstated the name of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a May 21 The Spot, Harrison Stark misstated that Zinedine Zidane was born in Algeria. Zidane’s family emigrated from Algeria, and he was born in France. Stark also misstated Albert Camus' stance on Algerian independence. Though scholars are divided about Camus’ stance on Algerian independence, it would be more accurate to call him a “critic of France’s colonial rule.”

In a May 21 XX Factor, Katy Waldman misstated that Morgantown is in Virginia. It is in West Virginia. 

In a May 21 XX Factor, Jessica Grose misidentified the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In a May 20 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the meteors in the Camelopardalis shower will be traveling at dozens of kilometers per second. That is generally true, but this shower has slower than normal meteors.

In a May 20 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated that the film Happy Christmas comes to theaters on June 26. It becomes available on demand June 26, and comes to theaters July 25.

In a May 20 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley inaccurately described Common Core as a "federal" set of standards. Common Core standards have been adopted in 45 states but are not implemented by the federal government. Additionally, a photo caption in the post misidentified the Florida Historic Capital Museum as the Florida Capitol building. 

In a May 20 The Spot, Jeremy Stahl misidentified TV Revolta as a television network. It's a website.

In a May 19 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern mistakenly referred to the website the Gaily Grind as the Daily Grind.

Due to a photo provider error, the caption for the top image of the May 19 Quora misidentified the F-14 as an F/A-18 Hornet.

In a May 19 The Spot, Harrison Stark misstated that Guus Hiddink coached Australia at the World Cup in 2005. Hiddink became manager of the Australian team in 2005, but the World Cup was in 2006.

In a May 19 The World, Joshua Keating misstated that an Andrew Ross column in the New York Times was written in 2011. It was written in 2014.

In a May 19 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that the Michelle Nunn campaign interrupted Nunn’s interview with NBC News. An NBC producer interrupted the interview.

In a May 19 World, Joshua Keating misspelled Yahoo News reporter Olivier Knox’s first name.

In a May 19 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misspelled Kay Bailey Hutchison’s last name.

In a May 19 XX Factor, Katy Waldman misspelled the first name of Katharine Graham and the last name of Nan Robertson. 

Due to an editing error, a May 16 XX Factor misstated in a headline and in the text that women go to the doctor less often than men do. The report the post is based on states that women face more obstacles getting to the doctor than men do and therefore are more likely to put off seeing their health care professional than men are. 

In a May 16 XX Factor, Katy Waldman mistranslated the Japanese term seirikyuuka, which means "menstrual leave," as meaning "physiological leave." 

In a May 13 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that Ayaan Hirsi Ali was scheduled to deliver a commencement address at Brandeis University; she was scheduled to receive an honorary degree.

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