Slate’s mistakes for the week of Dec. 15.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 15

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 15

Slate's mistakes.
Dec. 19 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Dec. 21 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled the last name of police officer Charles Kondek. Politi also misstated how many children Kondek had and how many years he'd worked for the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

In a Dec. 20 Slatest, Daniel Politi misstated that Ismaaiyl Brinsley had killed his girlfriend before shooting and killing two NYPD officers in Brooklyn. Brinsley shot his girlfriend in the stomach. She is expected to survive.

In a Dec. 19 Politics, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that the Sixth Amendment guarantees Americans’ right to due process. The Fifth Amendment does.


In a Dec. 18 Music Club, Ann Powers misstated the location of Matthew Arnold’s Field. It’s above Oxford, not London. She also misquoted the lyrics of the eponymous Ben Watt song as “I unscrewed the lid, the weirdest thing I did … The ash fell through my hands, and tumbled on the ground.” The correct lyrics are “And unscrewing the lid, the weirdest thing I did … And tumbling through my hands, the ash fell on the land.”

In a Dec. 18 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated when Percy Williams Bridgman received a Nobel Prize. It was in 1946, not 1964.

In a Dec. 18 Brow Beat​, Aisha Harris misstated that USA goalie Tim Howard's record-breaking saves at the 2014 World Cup occurred in a game against Brazil. It was during a game against Belgium.

In a Dec. 18 Culturebox, Andrew Goldman misstated that Emily Nussbaum was the first person to note a tweet he sent to Jennifer Weiner. She was one of the first. 


Due to an editing error, a Dec. 17 DoubleX misspelled Jasmin Almodovar's first name.

In a Dec. 17 Space: The Next Generation, Boer Deng misstated when Congress reached a budget deal. It was Tuesday, Dec. 9, not Tuesday, Dec. 16. 

In a Dec. 17 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misidentified Matt Devost's computer-security firm FusionX LLC as PlasmaX LLC. He also misspelled the name of computer-security firm Cognitio and misidentified Bob Gourley role in the company. He is the co-founder and a partner, not the president and CEO. 

In a Dec. 16 Politics​, John Dickerson misquoted Jeb Bush’s description of his mindset if he were to run for president as “lose the general to win the primary.” Bush described it as “lose the primary to win the general.”


In a Dec. 16 Science, James Salzman misspelled Wilbur Wright’s first name.

In a Dec. 16 Slatest, Betsy Woodruff misidentified Frankie Timmons as a spokesman. Timmons is a spokeswoman.

Due to a transcription error, a Dec. 15 Brow Beat​ misidentified the comedian Marc Maron was talking about. It was Dave Attell, not Dave Chappelle.​

In a Dec. 15 Big Idea, Jacob Weisberg misspelled Adolf Hitler’s first name. He also misattributed the threat of further Sony hacks if the studio proceeds with the release of the film The Interview to North Korea. The threats came from hackers who may be backed by North Korea, but the connection has not been definitively established. 


In a Dec. 15 Business Insider, James Cook misidentified Financial Times writer Tim Bradshaw as Tim Bradford.​

In a Dec. 15 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer finances includes common household furniture and appliances as assets. It does not. 

In a Dec. 15 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that NHL player Francois Beauchemin broke his hand. Beauchemin broke a finger.

In a Dec. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified Alex Rivest as a neurologist. He’s a neuroscientist.


In a Dec. 14 Ten Years in Your Ears, Alison Griswold misstated the number of podcasts that advertising network Midroll represents. It is 175, not 120.

In a Dec. 14 Ten Year in Your Years, Ruth Graham misidentified the Gospel Project as a website. It’s a curriculum. 

In a Dec. 11 Brow Beat, David Haglund misstated that the West Memphis Three had been exonerated. Though they were released from prison, their convictions were not overturned. They continue to seek full exoneration.

In a Dec. 11 Future Tense, Andrew Maynard misidentified axons as axions. He also implied that, in the human brain, all neurons are connected to all others. Each of the roughly 100 billion neurons may be connected to as many as 10,000.

In a Dec. 11 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated that some 5 million people have downloaded and streamed episodes of Serial. The show has multiple episodes, which have been downloaded and streamed more than 5 million times combined.

In a Dec. 8 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that data based on individual incomes was based on household incomes. 

Due to an editing error, a Dec. 5 Hang Up and Listen misstated the age of Green-Wood Cemetery. It is 176 years old, not 175. 

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