Slate’s mistakes for the week of May 25.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 25

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 25

Slate's mistakes.
May 29 2015 4:04 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In the May 29 Slate Quiz, Ken Jennings misstated that a couple shot by police was unnamed. They were unarmed.

In May 28 and 29 Slatest posts, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid $3.5 million to someone identified as Individual A in an indictment. Hastert is alleged to have agreed to pay Individual A $3.5 million and to have withdrawn $1.7 million from various bank accounts between 2010 and 2014 in order to fulfill that agreement.

In a May 28 Jurisprudence, Mark Joseph Stern misspelled Stefan Fatsis’ first name and misquoted him as saying that the “American justice system could actually bring down mighty FIFA.” That  was the headline given to Fatsis’ piece.


In a May 27 Future Tense, Rachel Gross misquoted Will Interactive CEO Sharon Sloane as saying Will’s goal is to “manipulate behavior and improve human performance.” Sloane said Will’s goal is to “modify behavior and improve human performance.”

In a May 27 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that San Francisco did not have an exemption for unions in its minimum wage increase. It does.

In a May 27 Outward, Liam Hoare misstated that Ashers Baking Co. refused service to a gay couple. The bakery refused service to a single gay activist, Gareth Lee. Also, due to a photo provider error, the caption on the photo in the post misstated that the people in the photo were protesting same-sex marriage. The people standing in front of the banner are supporters of same-sex marriage.

In a May 27 Politics, John Dickerson misspelled Sen. Lindsey Graham’s first name.


In a May 27 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that more than 10 FIFA officials would be indicted in a corruption case. The indictments covered nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives.

In a May 27 Slatest, Joshua Keating misspelled former FIFA President Joao Havelange’s last name. He also misstated that Sepp Blatter has been president of FIFA for 27 years. He’s done so for 17 years.  

In a May 26 Brow Beat, Abraham Riesman misstated that Marvel's “Heroes Reborn” event occurred in 1995. The event occurred in 1996.

In a May 26 Brow Beat, Miriam Krule and Chris Wade misspelled Aemon Targaryen’s first name. 

Due to an editing error, the headlines of the May 22 The Juice misstated that the Defense Department switched to renewable energy at Rock Island Arsenal. Its upgrades will cut emissions and save energy, but not through renewable technology.

In a May 22 Sports Nut, Dave Mondy misstated that Neil Leifer's work was buried in the back of Sports Illustrated. The photo received a full-page spread in the magazine but failed to make the cover. He also misstated that Leifer held the distinction of being one of only two photographers to shoot the fight in color; more than two shot in color. He also misstated that Leifer was bumped from his preferred side of the ring by Herb Scharfman; Scharfman merely got to pick first. He also misstated that Leifer’s editor espied the photo and submitted it to the “Pictures of the Year” contest. Leifer submitted the photo himself.

In a May 21 Medical Examiner, Jerry A. Coyne misstated that some states allow religious exemptions from giving newborns prophylactic eye drops that can prevent blindness in infants infected with herpes. The eye drops are used in infants infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea.

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