Slate’s mistakes for the week of June 16.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 16

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 16

Slate's mistakes.
June 20 2014 4:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a June 20 Brow Beat, Katy Waldman misstated that the novelist Elliott Holt has Russian ancestry. Holt is Anglo-Saxon. 

In a June 20 The Spot, Ayana Morali misstated that Valon Behrami scored the first goal for France in its match against Switzerland, and that Behrami set up the pass for the second goal. Behrami is a Swiss player who gave the ball away at midfield. Oliver Giroud scored the first goal. 

In a June 20 Wild Things, Laura Smith wrote that the polar bear Gus stalked children in a zoo he lived in previously, but he stalked them in the Central Park Zoo. Smith wrote that the book Animal Madness included stories of gorillas that weep. Gorillas do sob, but they do not shed tears. A recessed gorilla exhibit described in the story is in San Francisco, not Santa Barbara.


In a June 19 Future Tense, Eric Holthaus misstated that a Nebraskan storm chaser, who recently posted a photo of a dying 5-year-old tornado victim on his Facebook page, had deleted an earlier post about "Making it rain" from Facebook. As of the evening of June 19, the comment was still available on the photographer's Facebook page. The sentence has been removed. He also misstated that the storm chaser who took a controversial photo is a photographer with the Daily Nebraskan. While he was previously with the Daily Nebraskan, he is currently a freelancer.

In a June 19 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that U.S. attorney Paul Fishman is reportedly planning to indict associates of Chris Christie. If Fishman wants to prosecute those individuals for felony crimes, he must ask a federal grand jury to issue indictments against them.

In a June 18 DoubleX, Amanda Hess misstated the number of years Nicholas Kristof was at the New York Times before becoming a columnist. It was 17 years, not two decades. She misstated that Kristof had picked up many languages in his travels around the world. Some of those languages he actually learned during his studies in the U.S. Finally, Hess misstated that the brothel from which Kristof paid for the release of two underage prostitutes was in Vietnam. It was in Cambodia.

In a June 18 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misstated that NuvaRing is an example of an intrauterine contraceptive. It is not. The reference has been removed.  


In a June 18 The Spot, Jeremy Stahl misspelled Socceroos, the name of Australia's national association football team.

In a June 17 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that President Barack Obama nominated eight openly gay judges to the federal bench. Obama nominated 10 openly gay judges. Stern left Todd Hughes and Judith Levy off the list.

In a June 17 Outward, David Boies and Theodore B. Olson misidentified Richard Loving as David Loving. They also misstated the year of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision. It was 2004, not 2008.  

In a June 17 Technology, Will Oremus misidentified the technology that Clayton Christensen believed had disrupted the disk-drive industry. It was smaller-format hard drives, not floppy drives. 


In a June 17 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that Chris McDaniel’s campaign is using old opposition research in its attacks on Thad Cochran. Cochran’s campaign is using old opposition research in its attacks on McDaniel.

In a June 16 Brow Beat, Rebecca Schuman misstated that University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera was leaving her job in 2014. She is leaving her job in 2015.

In a June 16 The Spot, Jeremy Stahl misstated that Clint Dempsey's goal against Ghana was the fourth-fastest goal in World Cup history at 29 seconds. FIFA's latest update puts the time at 30 seconds, making it the fifth-fastest. The post also misstated that the goal ranked between Bryan Robson’s 27-second score in 1982 for England and Emile Veinante’s 35-second score for France in 1938. According to FIFA, it was between Robson and Bernard Lacombe's 31-second goal for France.

Due to a photo provider error, a June 13 Future Tense mislabeled an image in the quiz of a volcanic eruption in the disputed Kuril Islands as Japan. The island where the eruption occurred—Matua Island—is controlled by Russia.

In a June 11 Brow Beat, Brennan Carly misidentified the Seattle International Film Festival as the Seattle Film Festival.

In the June 11 Culture Gabfest, author Cynthia Saltzman's last name was misspelled. 

In a May 9 Bitwise, David Auerbach misstated that Richard Stallman spearheaded the open-source software movement. Stallman started the free software movement.

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