Slate’s mistakes for the week of Sept. 28.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 28

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 28

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 2 2015 4:02 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

Due to an editing error, the headlines of an Oct. 2 Politics misspelled Roseburg, Oregon.

In an Oct. 2 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misstated that Chris Harper Mercer killed 10 people in the Roseburg attacks. It was nine.


Due to an editing error, an Oct. 2 Slatest misstated that Chris Harper Mercer murdered 10 people. He killed nine people.

In an Oct. 2 Slatest, Chris Kirk misstated that the shooter in the Umpqua Community College mass shooting killed 10 people. He killed nine.

In an Oct. 2 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated when Slate’s Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart published a blog post about why Pope Francis’ visit with Kim Davis was such a disappointment. It was posted Wednesday, not Thursday.

In an Oct. 2 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misspelled Roseburg, Oregon.


In an Oct. 1 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rock star status moved from galactic to stratospheric. Because the galaxy is larger than the stratosphere, those words should have been reversed.

In an Oct. 1 XX Factor, Christina Cauterucci misstated that all but one of the CEOs of a group of health care nonprofits who make higher salaries than Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards are men. It’s all but two.

Due to a production error, a Sept. 30 Culturebox misidentified a photo of film producer John Hodges as A24 co-founder John Hodges. The photo has been replaced.

In a Sept. 30 the Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misidentified Bulgaria as a former Soviet country. It was in the Soviet sphere of influence but never part of the USSR. Also, due to an editing error, the post misstated the opening date of Muzeiko, Bulgaria’s children’s museum. It opened Sept. 30, not Oct. 1.


In a Sept. 30 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated the number of NATO troops still in Afghanistan. It is 13,000 not 130,000.

In a Sept. 30 Slatest, Josh Voorhees miscalculated the current polling averages for Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie in the surveys that will be used by CNBC to set the field for the next GOP debate. They are 2.75 percent, 3.5 percent, and 3.75 percent, respectively. Not 2.3 percent, 2.7 percent, and 4 percent.

In a Sept. 29 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misspelled Kollam.

In a Sept. 29 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misspelled Slate writer Jordan Weissmann’s last name.


In a Sept. 28 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misstated that Oba Akenzua II’s reign in Nigeria began in 1993. It began in 1933 and lasted until 1978.

In Sept. 28 Jurisprudence, Robert J. Smith misidentified Cecil Clayton, the 74-year-old man with severe brain damage who was executed by Missouri, as Clayton Lockett.

In a Sept. 27 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the name of Mars’ Russell crater.

In a Sept. 25 Brow Beat, Ruth Graham misspelled Mount Rainier. She also misstated that the conductor of a train is the one responsible for stopping the train in the event of an obstacle. The accurate term is engineer or driver.

In a Sept. 25 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the black crested macaque is an ape. It is a monkey.

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