Slate’s mistakes for the week of Sept. 7.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 7

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 7

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 11 2015 4:04 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sept. 11 Future Tense, Justin Peters misstated that current UCLA head football coach Jim L. Mora was the same Jim Mora who, in 2001, memorably disparaged the notion that the Indianapolis Colts might make the NFL playoffs. The “Playoffs?!” line was uttered by Mora’s father, Jim E. Mora, who coached the Colts from 1998 through 2001.

Due to an editing error, a Sept. 11 Schooled misspelled teacher Jonathon Medeiros’ first and last names.


In a Sept. 10 Books, Laura Miller misidentified Francis Bickmore as the director of the publishing house Canongate. Bickmore is the publishing director of Canongate. She also misidentified him as a woman; he is a man.

Due to a production error, the caption on a Sept. 10 Future Tense blog post misidentified an image as showing the middle-finger emojis from several operating systems. It showed only Apple's new middle-finger emoji.

In a Sept. 10 Users, Amanda Hess misstated that communications scholar Hua Su is a man. Su is a woman.

A Sept. 9 Atlas Obscura referenced a article on tunnels at the Playboy mansion that was an April Fools’ joke. The reference was removed.


In a Sept. 9 Brow Beat, Katy Waldman misidentified the writer Sloane Crosley as Sloane Crosby.

In a Sept. 9 Future Tense blog post, Will Oremus misspelled movie character Jason Bourne’s last name.

In a Sept. 9 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated the three lower rates Jeb Bush would replace the current seven tax brackets with. They are 28, 25, and 10 percent, not 28, 25, and 15 percent.

In a Sept. 9 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that 507 U.S. children had been killed thus far in 2015 by gunfire. Those children were killed or injured by gunfire.


In a Sept. 8 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Roosevelt Institute fellow Mike Konczal’s last name.

In a Sept. 8 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that federal funds cannot be used to provide abortion-related services. In most cases federal funds cannot be used to perform abortions, but there is no federal law prohibiting funds from being used for counseling services in which abortion is discussed.

In a Sept. 8 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misstated Troy Vincent’s title as NFL executive president. He is NFL executive vice president of football operations.

In a Sept. 4 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated the University of Notre Dame’s name.

In an Aug. 27 Future Tense, P. W. Singer and August Cole misidentified the hardframe airships that were to be based in the Navy’s original plan for Sunnyvale as blimps. Blimps are nonrigid airships; the Navy planned to create rigid airships.

In an Aug. 27 Wild Things, Rachel E. Gross misstated that in a study túngara frog decoys had less appealing voices. The decoys’ voices were just as appealing.

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