Slate’s mistakes for the week of June 15.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 15

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of June 15

Slate's mistakes.
June 19 2015 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a June 19 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled actor Scott Baio’s last name.

In a June 19 Crime, Leon Neyfakh misstated the factor by which the local incarceration rate in New Orleans is larger than the national average. It is twice, not 1.5 times, as high.

In a June 19 Double X, Hanna Rosin misidentified the author of a New Yorker story about Eileen Fisher. The author was Janet Malcolm, not Joan Didion.


In a June 19 Politics, William Saletan misstated that the mass shootings in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; and Sandy Hook hadn’t persuaded Congress to require background checks for gun purchases.  Background checks are required for purchases from federally licensed firearm dealers. The legislation rejected by Congress would have extended the background-check requirement to sales at gun shows and over the Internet.

In the June 19 Slate Quiz, Ken Jennings misstated the nature of a California Labor Commission ruling in a quiz question. It applied to one woman, not all workers.

In a June 19 Slatest, Anna Diamond misspelled the name of French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Due to a transcription error, a June 18 Brow Beat misstated that Junior Samples died in 1938. He died in 1983. 


In a June 18 Crime, Dana Goldstein misstated that, in May, a Texas bill failed to raise the age one could be prosecuted as an adult from 16 to 18. The bill aimed to raise the age from 17 to 18.

In a June 18 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that three people were known to have been injured but not killed in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting. The number is one.

In a June 18 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misspelled the name of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a June 18 Slatest, Jordan Weissmann misspelled suspected Charleston, South Carolina gunman Dylann Roof’s first name.


In a June 18 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl quoted Mark Pitcavage as talking about “white on black” crime. Pitcavage misspoke. He meant to say “black on white” crime. The post has been updated.

Due to a production error, a June 18 Sports Nut misstated the formula by which the safety of a basketball lead is calculated in a new study. Also, Marcus Woo misstated that the last lead change tends to happen in the final moments of a basketball game. It tends to happen in the final moments or in the first moments.

In a June 17 Brow Beat, Marissa Visci misstated that the documentaries spoofed in Documentary Now! are from the past half-century. They are from the 20th century.

Due to an editing error, the headline of a June 17 Moneybox blog post misstated that a labor ruling said Uber drivers are employees. The ruling applies only to one driver.


In a June 16 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misidentified the exhibit “National Property: The Picturesque Imperfect” as “National Property: The Picturesque Moment.”

In a June 16 Outward, Chanakya Sethi misstated that eight Supreme Court justices signed on to a 2013 affirmative action decision. Seven justices did. 

In a June 16 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled Izaiah Dolezal’s first name.

In a June 16 Wild Things, Rachel E. Gross misstated that most of us eat GMO strawberries and oranges. These GMOs are not yet on the market.


In a June 15 Brow Beat, Jonathan L. Fischer misspelled the name of the Game of Thrones character Ser Bronn.

In a June 15 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that a Slate blog post about bitcoin was written by Farhad Manjoo. It was written by Annie Lowrey.

In a June 15 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled economist Gunnar Myrdal’s last name.

Due to an editing error, the headline of a June 15 Slatest misstated that women in North Carolina can get abortions without mandatory ultrasounds. Women getting abortions in North Carolina must get an ultrasound first.

In a June 14 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated that a Star Wars clip was from Episode IV. It was from Episode VI

In a June 12 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misspelled the name Mabel.

In a June 10 Culturebox, Dana Stevens misidentified Wacom's Cintiq as an animation program. It’s a graphics tablet.

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