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

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 28

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 28

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 1 2016 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 2 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Earth’s North Pole is tipped toward the Sun on Dec. 21. It’s tipped away on that date. He also misstated that the date of perihelion moves backward in the calendar year due to precession, but it moves later in the year.

In a Dec. 31 Crime, Chris Kirk misstated the number of shootings in 2015 as 32,000. The number of reported shootings in 2015 is currently 30,088.


Due to an editing error, a Dec. 30 Brow Beat misstated that Sepp Blatter was one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland. He was not.   

Due to an editing error, a Dec. 30 Science misstated that the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred on Sept. 11, 2011. They occurred in 2001.

In a Dec. 28 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the relanded booster from the successful SpaceX launch would be displayed in the SpaceX factory, but its actual final destination has not been determined.

In a Dec. 28 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Arkansas.


In a Dec. 28 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misspelled fatal police-shooting victim Jonathan Ferrell’s last name. Bouie also misstated that Renisha McBride was killed by police. She was killed by Theodore Wafer, a homeowner on whose door she was knocking.

In a Dec. 28 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated the date that Tamir Rice was shot. Rice was shot on Nov. 22, 2014, and died on Nov. 23, 2014.

Due to an editing error, the Dec. 24 Amicus misstated that Mary Kathryn Nagle authored an amicus brief in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on behalf of the Choctaw. Her brief was on behalf of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and was submitted in support of the tribe.

In a Dec. 23 Movies, Jack Hamilton misidentified the National Institutes of Health as the National Institute of Health.

In a Dec. 23 XX Factor, Nora Caplan-Bricker misidentified Chaucer’s “Merchant’s Tale” as “The Miller’s Tale.”

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