Slate’s mistakes for the week of July 27.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of July 27

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of July 27

Slate's mistakes.
July 31 2015 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a  July 31 Culturebox, Chris Molanphy misstated the nature of Grandmaster Flash's sampled contribution to Chaka Khan’s “I Feel for You.” He did no appear on the track.

In a July 31 Future Tense, Lindy Elkins-Tanton misidentified the river into which the son of a boat captain was throwing rocks. It was the Nizhnyaya Tunguska, not the Angara.


In a July 31 Politics, John Dickerson misstated that Donald Trump lost in a head-to-head poll to Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. Trump lost in the poll to Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July 31 Slatest, Beth Ethier misspelled shooting victim Sam DuBose’s last name.

In a July 30 Foreigners, Rachel Denber misstated that Azerbaijani human rights defender Rasul Jafarov lost his appeal against his conviction for tax evasion and other economic crimes. Jafarov’s sentence was reduced by three months on July 31.

In a July 30 Lexicon Valley, Katy Waldman misspelled physician Dhruv Khullar’s first name.


In a July 30 Movies, Dana Stevens misstated that the road trip taken by David Foster Wallace and David Lipsky depicted in The End of the Tour took place months after the release of Infinite Jest. The book was published weeks, not months, before the trip.

In a July 29 Moneybox blog post, Amy X. Wang misstated when Disneyland Paris opened. It was 23 years ago, not 20 years ago.

In a July 29 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann included a graph that, due to a spreadsheet error, inflated the percentage of 25-to-34-year-old Americans living with their parents or other relatives in 2007 through 2015. The graph has been updated.

In a July 29 Movies, Dana Stevens misidentified the actor in a linked clip from Mission: Impossible as Christopher Walken. It’s Jon Voight.


In a July 29 Slatest, Joshua Keating misidentified Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the prime minister of Turkey. He is the former prime minister but became president last year.

In a July 29 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that the number of mentions of slavery in the U.S. History AP test framework declined in the new version; the number stayed approximately the same.

In a July 28 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misidentified a speaker involved in a lawsuit about privacy expectations during cellphone pocket dials. Assistant to the CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Carol Spaw was not talking to an executive during a phone call. Board member James Huff was.

Due to a photo provider error, a caption in a July 28 Politics misspelled the title of Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue.


In a July 28 Slatest, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that the African lion is considered “threatened” under U.S. law. The government’s proposal to list the lion as threatened has not yet been finalized.

In a July 27 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that National Geographic had reported allegations that a lion in Zimbabwe had been lured out of a protected area with bait. That was reported by other outlets.

In a July 27 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified the Salmon Ladder, an obstacle on American Ninja Warrior, as the Salmon Run.

In a July 24 Culturebox, Dan Kois misidentified the CMA Music Festival as Country Music Award week.

In a June 26 Outward, Scott Skinner-Thompson mischaracterized Title IX as being part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is part of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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