Slate’s mistakes for the week of Sept. 22.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 22

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 22

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 26 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sept. 26 Jurisprudence, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Judge Jerome Holmes issued a concurring opinion in a Utah gay marriage case. He issued it in an Oklahoma gay marriage case.

In a Sept. 25 Culturebox, Aisha Harris misstated that Denzel Washington is approaching his sixth decade on Earth. He is approaching his seventh.

Due to an editing error, a Sept. 25 Medical Examiner misstated that two new doctors killed themselves in September. They committed suicide in August.


In a Sept. 25 View From Chicago, Eric Posner misspelled former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ surname.

Due to a production error, the Sept. 25 The Eye missated in a photo caption that Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill and Continental Avenue bridges were built to be tall enough to allow ships to pass underneath. They were not. The photo and caption have been removed.

In a Sept. 25 Future Tense, Eric Holthaus misstated two quotes from Naomi Klein. He wrote that Klein said that capitalism likes to think of everything as a win-win; she said elites like to think of everything as a win-win. He also wrote that Klein said it’s crazy to think that launching giant space mirrors or interfering with hurricanes is easier to think about than shutting down capitalism; she said that it's easier to think about than changing the rules of capitalism.

In a Sept. 24 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled Rep. Larry Bucshon’s last name.


In a Sept. 24 Future Tense, Lily Hay Newman misstated that Aaron Swartz faced charges for downloading and sharing millions of journal articles. He downloaded them but did not share them.

In a Sept. 24 Future Tense, Annalee Newitz misspelled writer Frederik Pohl’s first name. She also misstated that the novel Stand on Zanzibar is about an off-world colony. It is about post-colonial cities.

In a Sept. 24 History, Charles King misstated that Kemal Ataturk was still president of Turkey in 1944. He died in 1938 and was replaced by Ismet Inonu.​

In a Sept. 24 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated the date of the Dred Scott v. Stanford case. It was in 1857, not 1887.


In a Sept. 24 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated the number of employed, never-married men between the ages of 25 and 34 for every 100 never-married women between the ages of 25 and 34. There are 91, not 90. He also misstated that Pew had reported the number on Tuesday. It reported it on Wednesday.

In the headline of a Sept. 23 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s title as CEO

In a Sept. 23 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated when Emma Watson’s U.N. speech happened. It was on Saturday, Sept. 20, not Sunday.

In a Sept. 23 Lexicon Valley blog post, Katy Waldman misstated that the United States withdrew from Hanoi, Vietnam, in defeat. The U.S. troops withdrew from Saigon, the then capital of South Vietnam. 


In a Sept. 23 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated the title of former Home Depot employee Ricky Joe Mitchell. He was not the head of Home Depot's IT security; he was a lead security engineer. 

In a Sept. 23 View From Chicago, Eric Posner misstated when President Obama previously considered using military force against Syria. It was in 2013, not 2012.

In a Sept. 23 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated the type of ship from which the U.S. launched cruise missiles. They were launched from a destroyer, not an aircraft carrier.

In a Sept. 22 Brow Beat​, Rebecca Schuman misspelled UC–Santa Barbara chancellor Harry Yang‘s last name.

In a Sept. 22 Outward​, Emily Tamkin misstated that Nicolas Sarkozy was mayor of Paris. He was mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris.

In a Sept. 19 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified Catalonia as Catalan.

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