Slate’s mistakes for the week of Aug. 31.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 31

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 31

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 4 2015 4:02 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sept. 4 Outward, Allison Steinberg misstated that more than two-thirds of the United States lack laws explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Thirty-one states lack laws like this.

In a Sept. 3 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that 5 trillion tons of ice had melted since 1992. That much has melted since 2002.


In a Sept. 3 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled Syrian drowning victim Aylan Kurdi’s first name.

Due to a production error, a Sept. 2 Outward hyperlinked to the gown Eleanor Roosevelt wore to Franklin Roosevelt’s 1945 inaugural reception. It’s been replaced with a link to the dress she wore to his 1933 swearing in.

In a Sept. 2 Slatest, Beth Ethier misspelled San Bernardino.

In a Sept. 2 Slatest, Joshua Keating misspelled U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s first name.


In a Sept. 2 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that a college football player had followed his friend’s Twitter account during a game. The player favorited one of his friend’s tweets.

In a Sept. 1 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled blogger David Dickinson’s last name.

In a Sept. 1 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misspelled UC–Berkeley.  

In a Sept. 1 Vault, Rebecca Onion misattributed Civil War drawings of life in a Union POW camp to an anonymous Confederate prisoner. They were by Confederate soldier Jacob Omenhausser.  


In an Aug. 31 Classes, Chad Lorenz misidentified the Telegraph newspaper as the London Telegraph.

In an Aug. 31 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that 10,000 Icelanders had offered housing to Syrian refugees. At the time of publication, more than 10,000 people had joined a Facebook group urging the Icelandic government to do more to help Syrian refugees. Many offered housing and support, but it is unclear how many of the 10,000 explicitly offered housing, or how many were from Iceland.  

In an Aug. 30 Slatest, Daniel Politi misstated the release year of Wes Craven’s movie Music of the Heart. It came out in 1999, not 1993.

In an Aug. 28 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Mike Jacobs is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. He is no longer a legislator.

In an Aug. 28 XX Factor, Mark Joseph Stern misstated the terms of Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law. It allows people under 24 to have sex with 16- and 17-year-olds but does not legalize sex below age 16.

In an Aug. 27 Future Tense, P.W. Singer and August Cole misstated that during World War II, Ford plants in Detroit were transformed into bomber assembly lines. Ford created new facilities to produce bombers.

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