Slate’s mistakes for the week of Nov. 2.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 2

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 2

Slate's mistakes.
Nov. 6 2015 4:02 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Nov. 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled blogger Paul Gilster’s last name.  

In a Nov. 6 DoubleX, Michelle Goldberg misstated that a blog post on was written by Matt Bruenig. Bruenig says that the post, bylined “the interns,” was written by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.


In a Nov. 6 Gist show page headline, Andrea Silenzi misspelled Chaka Khan’s last name.

In a Nov. 6 XX Factor, Christina Cauterucci misquoted Carly Fiorina. She said, “When you’re talking about burying a child, it is not time to smile,” not bearing.

In a Nov. 5 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson as Eddie Bernice Johnston.

Due to an editing error, a Nov. 3 Books misspelled the name of the Shubert Organization and the Shubert family.


In a Nov. 3 the Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated the location of Michelangelo’s David. It is in the Accademia Gallery, not the Uffizi Museum.

In a Nov. 3 Moneybox blog post, Rachel E. Gross misidentified News Photographer editor Donald Winslow as Donald Wilson.

In a Nov. 3 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated that Rep. Ted Poe was a senator.

In a Nov. 3 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misstated that CNBC’s Republican presidential debate took place on Oct. 27. It was held on Oct. 28.


In a Nov. 2 the Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misgendered Ahti Heinla. Heinla is male.

In a Nov. 2 Outward, Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Bill Buckner was playing for the Mets when he committed his infamous error in 1986. He was playing against them.

In a Nov. 2 Schooled, Laura Moser misstated that Eva Moskowitz published the disciplinary records of a kindergartner. The child was in first grade.

In a Nov. 2 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that a rising mortality rate concerned poor, middle-aged white men. The rate that is increasing is that of poorly educated, middle-aged whites as a whole.

In an Oct. 30 Schooled, Jessica Huseman misspelled Slate writer Ben Mathis-Lilley’s last name.

In a Oct. 29 Crime, Leon Neyfakh misstated that a Bureau of Justice Statistics study on recidivism found that “68 percent of state prisoners ended up back behind bars within three years of their release, and about 75 percent came back within five.” These numbers referred to rates of re-arrest, not re-imprisonment. The BJS study found that about 50 and 55 percent of state prisoners returned to prison within three and five years, respectively.

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