Slate’s mistakes for the week of Jan. 26.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 26

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 26

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 30 2015 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 1 Brow Beat​​​, Sharan Shetty misstated that an advertisement was by Carnival Cruise Lines. It was by Carnival Corp., parent company of nine cruise lines.

In a Jan. 30 Lexicon Valley, Katy Waldman misspelled Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s last name and misstated that the Jonestown massacre took place on Feb. 18, 1978. It took place on Nov. 18, 1978.

In a Jan. 30 Politics, Reihan Salam misstated that gentrifying homeowners eager to keep their neighborhoods exclusive are lowering a metaphorical drawbridge, rather than raising it.


In a Jan. 30 Outward, J. Bryan Lowder misidentified Austin Dale’s position on Transparent. He is writer’s P.A., not writer.

In a Jan. 30 Sports Nut, Jack Hamilton misstated that the Patriots last won the Super Bowl in January 2004. They last won the Super Bowl in February 2005.

In a Jan. 30 Video, Paca Thomas misattributed XX chromosomes to males and XY chromosomes to females. He also misstated that eggs can have a Y chromosome; they contain only an X chromosome.

Due to a production error, a photo caption in a Jan. 29 Sports Nut misidentified Danny Amendola as Rob Gronkowski.


In a Jan. 28 Behold, David Rosenberg misspelled Abbeville Press’ name.

In a Jan. 28 Culturebox, Sarah Archer misstated that the debate between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Vice President Richard Nixon took place during the 1959 World’s Fair. It occurred during the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow.

In a Jan. 28 Outward, J. Bryan Lowder misspelled former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s first name.

In a Jan. 28 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled civil rights protester Willie McCleod’s last name.


In a Jan. 27 Juice, Daniel Gross misidentified Digital Lumens CEO Tom Pincince as Peter Incince.  

In a Jan. 27 Slatest, Eric Holthaus misstated that the National Weather Service has the ability to launch its own weather satellites. The NWS’s parent organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, works with NASA and the U.S. Air Force to launch satellites, whose data the NWS then uses. 

In a Jan. 27 Television, Willa Paskin misstated that Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are double agents on The Americans. They are just spies. 

In a Jan. 26 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled Rick Famuyiwa’s last name.


In a Jan 26. Slatest, Joshua Keating misidentified the country that new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pledged not to take off the euro. It is Greece, not Germany. 

In a Jan. 26 Sports Nut, a graph by Warren Sharp misstated that a 2006 NFL rule change regarding how teams managed their game balls went into effect between the 2006 and 2007 seasons. It went into effect between the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

In a Jan. 25 Slatest, Daniel Politi misstated the name of the Alaska Dispatch News as the Anchorage Daily News.

In a Jan. 24 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled comedian Bill Burr’s last name.


In a Jan. 23 Brow Beat, Courtney Duckworth misidentified Chris Kyle and his fellow SEALs as soldiers. SEALs are sailors. Duckworth also misstated that, in the movie American Sniper, Kyle and his colleagues find WMDs under the floorboards of a family’s house. The SEALs find conventional weapons, not weapons of mass destruction. Duckworth also misstated that Ryan Job died on the operating table. Job died two days after surgery.  

In a Jan. 23 Moneybox blog post, Jeff Friedrich misidentified Delta Air Lines as Delta Airlines.

In a Jan. 21 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that comet 96/P Machholz 1 orbits the Sun retrograde. It orbits the Sun prograde.

In a Jan. 20 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated the top capital gains rate. It’s 23.8 percent, not 25 percent.

In a Jan. 15 Behold, David Rosenberg misstated that in his series “The Alternatives,” Matthew Swarts layered patterns over a collection of images he kept from his ended relationship. He layered the patterns over images from his everyday life and current partner. 

In a Jan. 13 XX Factor, Jessica Grose misstated that Leah Drilias worked for the State Department. She wanted to work for the State Department.

In a Dec. 9, 2014 Music, Fred Kaplan misstated that Harold Chapman was an engineer with Fred Plaut on Masterpieces by Ellington. Fred Plaut was the only engineer.

In a Dec. 3, 2014 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misstated that Polish cryptanalysts built “the first version of the ‘Bombe.’ ” Though it did crack the Germans’ code and influence Alan Turing and his colleagues, the Polish Bomba was mechanically different from the British Bombe. 

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