Slate’s mistakes for the week of June 2.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 2

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 2

Slate's mistakes.
June 6 2014 12:41 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a June 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the size of Comet 209P/LINEAR by switching miles and kilometers. It is 2.4 x 3 miles (3.9 x 4.8 kilometers) across.

In a June 6 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's last name.

In a June 6 Politics, John Dickerson misstated that Hillary Clinton differed with President Obama over arming the Syrian military. They differed over arming the Syrian opposition.


In a June 5 Brow Beat, Eliza Berman misstated that Are You Here is Matthew Weiner’s first film. It is his second. His first was the 1995 low-budget indie What Do You Do All Day.

In a June 5 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misidentified Redfin as a “real estate listings company.” It is a real estate brokerage.

In a June 5 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that students' LSAT scores were inadvertently released by the University of Virginia School of Law to their clerkship listserv. While GPAs, class ranks, and other information was released, LSAT scores were not. 

In a June 5 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misspelled the last name of Steubenville rape case prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter.


In a June 4 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated the release date for the film Very Good Girls. It becomes available on demand June 24, and comes to theaters July 25.

In a June 4 Edgy Optimist, Zachary Karabell misstated that income per capita in China is more than $3,500 today. It is more than $6,500.

In a June 4 Future Tense, Frank Bi and Chris Kirk misstated that Alice is not a drug. It's slang for LSD.

In a June 4 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled conservative activist Shaughn Adeleye’s last name.


The author bios on a June 3 Culturebox misstated when Javon Beard and Bill Whitfield began serving on Michael Jackson's personal Las Vegas security team. It was in December 2006, not 2008.

In a June 3 Future Tense blog post, Eric Holthaus ‪misstated that forecasters once named hurricanes after their ex-girlfriends. This never happened in practice, but a widely read World War II–era novel in which this did occur may have inspired the practice of naming storms after women.

Due to a production error, the photo caption on a June 3 Politics misstated when the picture of the Savannah River Site construction was taken. It's from 2007, not 2013.

In a June 3 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misspelled Lindsey Graham's first name. 


In a June 3 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified the Tiananmen Square activist who earned three degrees from Columbia University. The activist was Li Lu, not Wang Dan.

In a June 3 Video, A.J. McCarthy misidentified a coronal mass ejection as a coronal mass injection.​

In a June 3 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled New Mexico Senate candidate Allen Weh’s first name and Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale’s last name.

In a June 2 Edgy Optimist, Zachary Karabell misstated that the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury dipped as low as 2.44 percent this week. It dipped last week.


In a June 2 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated that the three concurring justices joined the John Roberts opinion. They joined only as to the judgment.

In a June 2 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated that the winning bidder paid $3.5 billion for lunch with Warren Buffett in 2012. It was $3.5 million. 

In a June 2 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated the name of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

A May 30 Brow Beat misstated that Petyr Baelish on Game of Thrones is "common-born." He is from a minor house.

In a May 30 Technology, Evan Hughes misidentified David Streitfeld as the New York Times' publishing-beat reporter.

In a May 30 Video, Chris Wade misstated that the chili peppers in Sriracha hot sauce are roasted.

In a May 27 Vault, Rebecca Onion misstated the best way to read a geographically skewed 1886 map of San Francisco. The reader should mentally spin the map 45 degrees, not align it with the bottom of the screen. She also misidentified a Levi Strauss & Co address as a store. It was the company's headquarters and warehouse. 

In a May 22 The Juice, Daniel Gross mistakenly located the Kashagan oil field in Russia; it's actually in Kazakhstan. The reference has been deleted.

In a May 15 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misspelled the last name of Wall Street Journal reporter David Colman.

The May 9 Political Gabfest misstated that Maureen Dowd painted Monica Lewinsky as “a little nutty and a little slutty.” David Brock used that phrase about Anita Hill. Dowd repeated it in writing about Lewinksy, but as the view of Bill Clinton's defenders, not her own.

In a May 5 Medical Examiner, Sarah Schulman misnamed the Canadian Supreme Court decision that redefined safe sex to emphasize viral load rather than condom use. It was the Mabior decision, not the Cuerrier decision.

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