Slate’s mistakes for the week of Nov. 16.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 16

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 16

Slate's mistakes.
Nov. 20 2015 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Nov. 20 Culturebox, Justin Peteres misstated that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is in its 16th season. It is its 14th season in syndication.

Due to a photo provider error, the caption of a photo on a Nov. 20 Slatest misspelled the name of Portillo's Restaurant in Chicago.


In a Nov. 19 Brow Beat, Forrest Wickman misspelled the title of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

In a Nov. 19 Future Tense, Chris Berdik misstated the number of students that Level Up has connected online since 2012. It’s connected about 4,500 students, not 3,000. He also misstated that the initiative connected students from 20 countries. It connected students in 21 countries, including the United States. 

In a Nov. 19 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that economists like consumption taxes because, among other reasons, they theoretically shouldn’t discourage work. In fact, proper economic theory suggests they should discourage work much the same as an income tax might.

In a Nov. 19 Movies, Dana Stevens misidentified the character of Harge in the film Carol as Carol’s “about-to-be-husband.” He is Carol’s about-to-be-ex-husband.


In a Nov. 19 Schooled, Laura Moser misspelled Texas State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff’s last name.

In Nov. 19 Slatest, Rachel E. Gross misidentified Christopher Ojeda as a Ph.D. student. He is a postdoctoral researcher.

In a Nov. 18 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled the name of Will Ferrell’s character in Zoolander, Mugatu.

In a Nov. 18 Future Tense, Tam Hunt misidentified the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity as the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency.  


A Nov. 18 Future Tense blog post misspelled Jake Gyllenhaal’s last name.

In a Nov. 18 Schooled, Laura Moser misstated that No Child Left Behind became law in November 2001. It was signed into law in January 2002. Also, due to a photo provider error, the caption in this post misidentified the Department of Education building in Washington, D.C., as the Friendship Public Charter School’s Woodridge Elementary and Middle campus.

In a Nov. 18 Video, Robby Berman misstated that the Call Me Ishmael Phone records stories. The phone only plays stories.

Due to a production error, a Nov. 17 Business Insider was misattributed to the Kate Taylor who was a reporter at the New York Sun. It was written by Kate H. Taylor at Business Insider.


In a Nov. 17 Doonan, Simon Doonan misspelled actor Tom Hiddleston’s last name.

In a Nov. 17 DoubleX, Michelle Goldberg misattributed a 1991 speech to “then–Vice President George H.W. Bush.” Bush was president at the time.

In a Nov. 17 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that a San Francisco study of PrEP measured the increase in STIs among its participants. It measured the instance of STIs.

In a Nov. 16 Foreigners, Brian Michael Jenkins misstated that Saudi Arabia is building an elaborate security wall along its border with Syria. Saudi Arabia doesn’t share a border with Syria. It is building a wall on its border with Iraq.

In a Nov. 16 Lexicon Valley, Bill Tonelli misspelled the title of Catherine Scorsese and Georgia Downard’s book Italianamerican: The Scorsese Family Cookbook.

In a Nov. 16 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated where the U.S. and its allies would prefer to see more Iranian influence. It is in Iraq, not Iran.

In a Nov. 12 Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty misspelled Kynnedi Grant’s first name.

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