Slate’s mistakes for the week of Aug. 3.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 3

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 3

Slate's mistakes.
Aug. 7 2015 4:05 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Aug. 7 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misidentified photographer Flo Razowsky as a man. She is a woman.  

In an Aug. 7 Politics, Chris Kirk misidentified Mike Huckabee as Mark Huckabee.


In an Aug. 7 Technology, Will Oremus misstated that Yelp’s data on mobile search queries was drawn from a seven-month period. The data covered all Yelp searches over a six-month period. 

In an Aug. 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that there have been no nuclear weapon tests in over a decade, but North Korea has done at least two in the 2000s.

In an Aug. 6 Books, Amanda Hess misquoted Jacky Colliss Harvey as writing that “there is a little hope of dealing” with larger bigotries as long as we still discriminate against redheads; she wrote that “there is little hope” of dealing with those other problems.

In an Aug. 6 Future Tense blog post, Rachel E. Gross misquoted Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as saying Apple and Google needed to “tear down that cyberwall.” Fiorina said, “We need to tear down cyberwalls.” Gross also misquoted Fiorina as saying “a law has been sitting, languishing in Congress.” She said, “a law has been sitting, languishing, sadly, on Capitol Hill.”


In an Aug. 6 History, Edward E. Baptist misstated that at the outset of the Haitan Revolution Saint-Domingue occupied the eastern third of Hispaniola. It occupied the western third.

In an Aug. 6 Outward, Emma Eisenberg misstated that Butchbaby & Co.’s Vanessa Newman and Michelle Janayea met in college. They met during their college years but not at school.

In an Aug. 6 Slatest, Will Dobson misstated that former New York Gov. George Pataki suggested Carly Fiorina would be a good president. It was former Texas Gov. Rick Perry who suggested that.

In an Aug. 5 Slatest, Joshua Keating misidentified Ashton Carter as secretary of state. He is secretary of defense.


In an Aug. 4 Brow Beat, Marissa Visci misstated that Jeremy Irvine is a fictional character in the movie Stonewall. Jeremy Irvine is the name of the actor who plays the fictional character Danny Winters.

In an Aug. 4 Lexicon Valley, Caroline Zola misspelled director Pierre Coffin’s last name.  

Due to an editing error, an Aug. 4 Science misstated that a Pamunkey congregation as large as 20 people had not gathered since the 17th century. A Pamunkey group this large had not gathered since the 17th century inside Jamestown.

In an Aug. 3 Brow Beat, Willa Paskin misspelled the last name of True Detective Season 2 character Ben Caspere.


In an Aug. 3 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misidentified the Black Monday stock market crash of 1987 as Black Friday.

In an Aug. 3 Politics, John Dickerson misstated that New York Times writer Maureen Dowd reported that Beau Biden was pleading from his deathbed for his father to run for president. Dowd reported that the younger Biden was pleading for the campaign as he was dying, not from his deathbed.

In an Aug. 3 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misstated that the New Yorker misspelled focused.

In July 24 Roads and Kingdoms, Maddy Crowell misidentified Auroville’s Integral Health Center as a guest house in a photo caption. She also misidentified Auroville’s Entry Services office as its Selection Committee.

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