Slate’s mistakes for the week of April 6.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 6

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 6

Slate's mistakes.
April 10 2015 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an April 10 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled author Stephen King’s first name.

In an April 10 Brow Beat,​ Laura Bradley misstated that The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally a film. It was originally a theatrical production called The Rocky Horror Show.

In an April 10 Browbeat, Chris Kirk misstated that Locke, a character on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is captain of the Bloody Mummers. The Bloody Mummers appear in the Song of Ice and Fire books but not in the HBO series.


In an April 10 Future Tense blog post, Charles Duan and Shiva Stella misstated that the company ClearCorrect is based in Pakistan. ClearCorrect is based in the United States, and it uses ClearCorrect Pakistan—which is not a ClearCorrect subsidiary—as a vendor.

In an April 10 Slatest, Eric Holthaus misstated that the worst-hit towns during Thursday's tornadoes were located about 80 miles east of Chicago. They are located about 80 miles west of Chicago.

In an April 10 Slatest, Sarah Harvard misstated that an American citizen killed in Yemen had been killed by Saudi bombing. He was killed during a mortar attack which was not carried out by Saudi forces.

An April 9 Future Tense blog post reprinted from the website Global Voices Advocacy misstated that Turkey had blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and 166 other URLs. Turkey blocked the websites.


In a April 9 History, Jamelle Bouie misstated that Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the courthouse in Appomattox, Virginia. He surrendered in the village Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Bouie also misstated that Grant was the last president to propose civil rights legislation until Lyndon Johnson. He was the last to do so until Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In an April 9 Outward, Miz Cracker misattributed a series of quotes from drag performer Lee VaLone to drag performer K. James.

In an April 9 Slatest, Beth Ethier misstated that 115 million Deutschmarks in 1960 was worth $23 million in 2014 dollars. It was worth $230 million.

In an April 9 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misspelled Associated Press reporter Philip Elliott’s first name.


In an April 8 Brow Beat, Katy Waldman misstated that the creators of the Legend of Korra revealed that a male character liked men. They revealed that two female characters liked women. She also misidentified Teresa and Patrick Nielsen Hayden as the founders of Tor Books. They are the founders of Ansatz Press.

In a April 8 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that conversion therapy is exclusively sexuality-related; it is also gender-related.

In an April 8 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated that she emailed with Publicis designer Dave Stansfield. She emailed with Publicis art director Dan Kennard.

In an April 8 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misspelled Oyster co-founder Willem Van Lancker’s last name.


Due to transcription errors, an April 8 Politics misquoted the book Pulled Over. It should have read that in traffic-safety stops, “gender and age matter hardly at all,” not that they hardly matter at all. And in stops for excessive speeding, “the driver’s race (and gender) has no relevance to the likelihood of being stopped,” not just the driver’s race.

In an April 8 Slatest, Eric Holthaus misstated that the budget for a key hurricane research program was cut by more than two-thirds. The program was cut by 63.1 percent, which is slightly less than two-thirds.

In an April 8 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated that the International Criminal Court requires a referral from a member country to investigate a citizen of that country. The ICC already has jurisdiction over the citizens of its member countries. ​

In an April 8 Television, Aisha Harris misstated that the Season 1 finale of Black-ish was on April 8. The season ends in May.


In an April 7 Culturebox, Katy Waldman misidentified T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land as The Wasteland.

In an April 7 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misspelled Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s last name.

In an April 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled Brian Cox’s first name.

In an April 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait embedded a different video of Saturday’s eclipse. It’s been replaced with the time-lapse video from the Griffith Observatory.

In an April 6 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled Hillary Clinton staffer Oren Shur’s last name.

In an April 6 XXFactor, Hanna Rosin misstated that Sabrina Rubin Erdely asked a friend of hers for the last names of three people who were with Jackie the night she alleged she was raped; Erdely asked a friend of Jackie’s.

In an April 5 TV Club, John Swansburg misstated that Don Draper was mistaken for a viable 12th man for a minyan. He was mistaken for the 10th man. Swansburg also misstated that the summer of ’69 was the Summer of Love. The Summer of Love was in 1967.

The show page for the April 5 Working misstated that guest Larry Lieberman is a customs agent. Lieberman is a customs broker. 

In a March 22 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Dawn spacecraft changed its trajectory to the asteroid Ceres in order to save fuel to compensate for a bad reaction wheel on the spacecraft. The actual reason is that a cosmic ray impact created a malfunction in the ion propulsion drive, causing the spacecraft to coast for 95 hours instead of being under thrust, and a new trajectory had to be implemented to correct for that.

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