Slate’s mistakes for the week of July 13.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of July 13

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of July 13

Slate's mistakes.
July 17 2015 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a July 17 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled Sir Edmund Hillary’s last name.

In the June 17 Slate Quiz, Ken Jennings misstated the capital of South Carolina as Charleston, misstated the exact location of the Confederate flag at South Carolina’s Statehouse, and misstated that Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel’s president. He is the prime minister.


In a July 16 Behold, David Rosenberg misstated that Yonkers borders Manhattan and the Bronx. It borders the northern end of the Bronx and doesn’t border Manhattan. 

In a July 16 Brow Beat, Juliana Jiménez misstated the release date of the Pablo Escobar film starring John Leguizamo. It will be released in 2016, not 2014.

In a July 16 Brow Beat, Jacob Brogan misstated that Atticus Finch was not the plaintiff in academic critiques of racism in To Kill a Mockingbird. He was not the defendant.

Due to a photo provider error, in a July 16 Outward a photo of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas was misdated. It is from 1922, not 1940.


Due to an editing error, a July 16 Quora misstated that a person’s genetic talent likely needs to be in the top 0.000001 percent to be a world-class sprinter. That number is closer to 0.0001 percent.

In a July 16 Slatest, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Josh Duggar molested two of his sisters. He molested four of them; only two have publicly identified themselves as victims.

In a July 16 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misstated what climate activists chanted at a Hillary Clinton campaign event. They chanted “act on climate,” not “that’s our climate.”

In a July 15 Brow Beat, Katy Waldman misstated that the New York Times review of Go Set a Watchman was published on July 13. It was published on July 10. 


In a July 15 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that 228 members of Greece’s Parliament voted in favor of the bailout package; 229 members voted in favor of it.

n a July 15 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misidentified Karen V. Clopton as the California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge who ruled against Uber. Judge Robert Mason handed down the decision.

In a July 14 Brow Beat, Marissa Visci misstated that Mildred Wirt Benson was 25 years old when the first Nancy Drew book was published. Benson was 24. Visci also misspelled Halley’s Comet.

In a July 14 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misspelled Corkcicle.


Due to a production error, the photo caption in a July 14 Politics misstated that Hillary Clinton is on the right of the photo illustration. She is on the left; Scott Walker is on the right. Due to an editing error, the article also misidentified the name of the Democratic Leadership Council.

In a July 14 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that U.S. oil companies would be allowed to invest in Iran after nuclear-related sanctions were lifted. They will not because they are subject to other sanctions unrelated to Iran’s nuclear program.

In a July 13 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misidentified the program Job Corps as Jobs Corp.  

In a July 13 Quora, Shefaly Yogendra misspelled Olof Palme’s first name.

In a July 13 Slatest, Beth Ethier misspelled Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s first name.

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