Slate’s mistakes for the week of Sept. 21.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 21

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 21

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 25 2015 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sept. 25 Brow Beat, Forrest Wickman misstated that the six editors at the top of Pitchfork’s masthead are all men. The first three names listed aren’t editors; they are the founder/CEO, president, and vice president.

In a Sept. 25 Outward, June Thomas misspelled Apollonian.


In a Sept. 24 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated the size of the largest Luna lamp. It is 23.6 inches, not 236 inches.

In a Sept. 24 Future Tense, Auros Harman misidentified an area he hiked for the video game Ingress as part of Yosemite National Park. It was slightly outside of Yosemite. 

In a Sept. 24 Slatest, Joshua Keating misspelled Foreign Policy writer Mustafa Hameed’s last name.

In a Sept. 24 You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth misspelled Colleen Moore’s first name, Louella Parsons’ first name, and Robert McCormick’s last name. She also misstated that San Simeon is in Santa Barbara, California. It’s not.


In a Sept. 24 Wild Things, Rachel Gross misstated that Guadalcanal is in Papua New Guinea. It is in the Solomon Islands.

In a Sept. 23 Lexicon Valley, Katy Waldman misstated that a quote by the philosopher Antonin Sertillanges was from 1998. The quote was written in 1934.

In a Sept. 23 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misidentified the Veterans Health Administration as the Veterans Administration.

In a Sept. 23 Television, Willa Paskin misstated that the second season of Empire will be 22 episodes long. It will be 18 episodes.


In a Sept. 22 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated the number of units in the G27 Global Institute. It has 200 beds, not 200 rooms.

In a Sept. 22 Faith-Based, Miriam Krule misidentified Ayesha S. Chaudhry as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She is an associate professor.

In a Sept. 22 Future Tense, Jacob Brogan misstated that James “Rusty” Hevelin had donated a collection of science-fiction and pulp documents to the University of Iowa. The university purchased the collection. Brogan also misstated that the Hevelin collection includes instances of slash fiction. While the library does count such items among its holdings, they are not included in the Hevelin collection.

In a Sept. 22 Future Tense, James Grimmelmann misstated that if the software that helped recalled Volkswagens cheat on emissions tests were updated, the vehicles’ gas mileage would be reduced. The recalled cars run on diesel. Thus, they do not use gasoline or register “gas” mileage.


In a Sept. 22 Future Tense blog post, Marvin Ammori misspelled Spitfire Strategies director Jennifer Calloway’s last name.

Due to a production error, a Sept. 22 Schooled was published with the wrong byline. It is by Jessica Huseman.

In a Sept. 22 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misstated that Retrophin’s cost increase of the kidney medication Thiola went from $1 per pill to $30 per pill. It increased from $1.50 per pill to $30.

In a Sept. 21 Politics, John Dickerson misstated the date of Scott Walker’s presidential campaign announcement. It was in July, not June. Also, due to an editing error, this article misstated that Scott Walker’s campaign bought ads in South Carolina and Iowa. His super PAC did.


In a Sept. 21 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misspelled Chicago Cubs co-owner Joe Ricketts’ last name.

In a Sept. 20 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misstated that Viola Davis said the only difference between black women and white women was opportunity. She said it was the only difference between black women and everyone else.

In a Sept. 20 Brow Beat, Willa Paskin misspelled Todd VanDerWerff’s last name.

In a Sept. 20 Outward, June Thomas misidentified the award Jeffrey Tambor won at the 2015 Emmys. It was Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, not Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

In a Sept. 20 Theater, Isaac Butler misquoted Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4. Hamlet’s line is “Forgive me this my virtue,” not “Forgive my this my virtue.” He also misidentified the Boston Globe critic who reviewed Hamlet, starring Paul Giamatti, as Dan Aucoin. It was Don Aucoin.

In a Sept. 18 The Juice, Daniel Gross misstated that negative electricity prices could only happen in Texas. Negative prices are an occasional feature of energy markets elsewhere.

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