Slate’s mistakes for the week of Dec. 29.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 29

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 29

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 2 2015 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 4 Television, Willa Paskin misspelled Terrence Howard’s first name.

In a Jan. 2 Culturebox, Alec MacGillis misidentified “Pastorale” as Beethoven’s seventh symphony. It was his sixth.

In a Dec. 30 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the comet’s orbit was 40,000 years. It's 14,000 years.


In a Dec. 30 Culturebox, Laura Hudson misstated that black male teens are 21 percent more likely to be killed by police than whites. They are 21 times more likely to be shot dead.

In a Dec. 30 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that John Boehner is the House majority leader. He is the speaker of the House.

In a Dec. 29 Future Tense, Jeff Wise misidentified the date of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It disappeared on March 8, 2014, not May 8, 2014.

In a Dec. 29 Video, Dallas Jensen mispronounces cirrhosis as psoriasis. The error remains in the video.


In a Dec. 27 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's last name.

In a Dec. 24 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misstated that Louis Zamperini was a member of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was in the U.S. Army Air Forces. 

In a Dec. 24 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated tht the BBC estimated that an armored van spilled $4.5 in cash in Hong Kong. The BBC estimate was $4.5 million.

In a Dec. 23 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misspelled Joerg Dreweke’s first name.

In a Dec. 22 Atlas Obscura, Ella Morton misspelled Rockwall, Texas.

Due to an editing error, the headline of a Dec. 15 Brow Beat misstated that the Cratchits drink a mysterious cocktail at the end of A Christmas Carol. They drink it in the middle of the book.

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