Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 11

Slate's mistakes.
Aug. 15 2014 4:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Aug. 17 Slatest, Daniel Politi misidentified a tweet about Molotov cocktails thrown in Ferguson, Missouri, as being from Aug. 17. The tweet was from Aug. 14, and it has been removed from the post.

In an Aug. 16 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the comic book in which he was quoted. It was The All New Atom, not Ant Man.

Due to a production error, an Aug. 15 Browbeat​ misgraded the seventh question in a quiz about yogurts. Fage Greek yogurt is made in Greece and New York, not Greece and California.


In an Aug. 15 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that the convenience store Michael Brown allegedly robbed was a QuikTrip and that he took several boxes of cigars. Brown allegedly robbed a different store and stole one box.

In an Aug. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Northeast got two months’ worth of rain in one day. Only some parts of the region got that much rain.

Due a production error, a map in an Aug. 13 Jurisprudence misstated that the minimum registration duration for sex offenders is five years in Hawaii and 10 years in Ohio. The minimum registration duration is life in Hawaii and 15 years in Ohio.

In an Aug. 13 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated in the photo caption that the guests in the photograph were looking at a group of live whales at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. They were looking at a display of model orcas.

In an Aug. 13 Photography, Lisa Larson-Walker misstated that a photo of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Portofino, Italy, was taken in Portofino, Spain.

In an Aug. 13 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated that Andy Gotts’ project Behind the Mask only photographed the actors who won BAFTA awards. He photographed nominees as well. It also misstated that BAFTA awards were first awarded in 1954. They began before then, but Gotts only photographed nominees and winners after 1954.

In an Aug. 12 Weigel, David Weigel misidentified Robin Williams’ character in Man of the Year, Tom Dobbs, as Bob Dobbs.

Due to a production error, an Aug. 12 Wild Things misstated that lobsters have two claws in front and four smaller legs. They have four pairs of smaller legs.

In an Aug. 12 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte quoted an IndieWire article that incorrectly stated that The Daily Show has three female writers, making up 19 percent of its writing staff. The Daily Show has four female writers, making up 29 percent of its writing staff. ​The original quote remains. 

In an Aug. 11 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified the Natural Resources Defense Council as the National Resources Defense Council and misstated that the NRDC was behind the DirtyDenier$ campaign. It's the NRDC Action Fund that is organizing the campaign. 

In an Aug. 11 Behold, David Rosenberg misspelled gallerist Alain Bisotti's last name. 

In the Aug. 11 Hang Up and Listen, attorney Jeffrey Kessler’s first name was misspelled.

In an Aug. 11 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misidentified William J. Brennan as William H. Brennan. 

The Aug. 11 The Gist misstated that Tom Durkin was calling a horserace in Sarasota. It was in Saratoga.

In an Aug. 11 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that Ma'lik Richmond was placed on a publicly accessible sex offender registry after being found delinquent of rape in Steubenville, Ohio, last year. While he is required to register, his name won't be published online.​

In an Aug. 10 Sports Nut, John Swansburg misspelled the name of the NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose.

In an Aug. 8 Politics, John Dickerson misstated that Mary Burke is on the Madison County school board. She is on the Madison school board.

In an Aug. 6 Medical Examiner, Stuart Buck misstated that authors of a study had claimed in their paper to have found a causal relationship between children’s college attendance and parents’ longevity.

In a July 21 Behold, the caption for the photograph Soviet Air Force Base #1, Germany originally stated that the mural showed a Soviet Soyuz and an American Apollo spacecraft. It is not clear what spacecrafts are displayed in the mural. 

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