Slate’s mistakes for the week of Jan. 4.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 4

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 4

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 8 2016 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 8 Brow Beat, Heather Schwedel misquoted Dean Strang as saying “small-fee conservative.” He said “small-C conservative.”

In a Jan. 8 Science, Nicholas Lund misstated the number of countries Noah Strycker traveled to during his Big Year. He visited 41 countries, not 37. Lund also misidentified the Pacific Crest Trail as the Pacific Coast Trail.


In a Jan. 8 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s last name.

In a Jan. 7 DoubleX, Rebecca Schuman misidentified the bloggers Tracy of fanserviced-b and Cat Cactus of Snow White and the Asian Pear as “self-identified feminist academics and scholars." Neither blogger self-identifies as a feminist, and Cat Cactus is not an academic. The piece also stated that Tracy and Cat Cactus are among women who “view the elaborate [K-beauty] routine not as vanity but rather as an act of radical feminist self-care.” Both bloggers disavow this view, and neither of them were contacted for the piece.

A Jan. 7 Future Tense blog post announcing an upcoming event misidentified speaker Scott Branting as an assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Central Florida. He is an assistant professor of anthropology there. It also misidentified him as the director for geospatial initiatives at the American School for Oriental Research. He no longer holds that position. 

In a Jan. 7 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Xanax.


In a Jan. 7 Schooled, Laura Moser misspelled Newtown, Connecticut, Superintendent Joseph Erardi’s last name.

In a Jan. 7 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated that the Iranian government had banned citizens from undertaking the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. While CNN reported that pilgrimages had been banned, Iran only reaffirmed an existing ban on the umrah, or “lesser pilgrimage.” The post was edited in several places, including the headline, to reflect this change.

In a Jan. 6 Books, Anna Reisman misstated the position surgeon Paul Kalanithi was offered late in his life. It was a position heading a clinical service, not a chairmanship.

In a Jan. 6 History, Andrew Kahn and Rebecca Onion misidentified the author of Madison’s Gift. It was written by David O. Stewart, not David O. Swift.


In a Jan. 6 Science, Katherine Stewart misstated that Americans United for Separation of Church and State received approximately 700 complaints in 2015 related to religious assemblies in public schools. It received approximately 270 complaints related to religion in public schools, not all of which concerned assemblies. 

In a Jan. 6 Slatest, Leon Neyfakh misidentified the county where Sandra Bland died as Weller County. The county is called Waller County.

In a Jan. 6 Users, Amanda Hess misstated that the author’s Bitmoji wore a red skirt and matching top by Trina Turk. The clothing was designed by Tanya Taylor. 

In a Jan. 5 Slatest Miriam Krule misspelled Jana Riess’ first name. She also misstated that Ammon Bundy identified himself as Captain Moroni. One of the other occupiers identified himself with that name.


In a Jan. 5 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misspelled the name of the Rio Grande.

In a Jan. 4 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified an image of asteroid 2007 PA8 as Apophis. The image has been removed.

In a Jan. 4 Books, Amanda Hess misstated that the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of inmate Gregory Holt was made on constitutional grounds. The case dealt with the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal statute, not the Constitution.

Due to an editing error, a Jan. 4 Movie Club entry misidentified Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars film. It is Episode VIII, not Episode VII.


In a Jan. 4 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misidentified Dwight and Steven Hammond as brothers. They are father and son.

In a Dec. 30, 2015, Wild Things, Jason Bittel misstated that animals in both the Pteranodon and Rhamphorhynchus genera are long-tailed. Only Rhamphorhynchus had long tails.

In a Dec. 30, 2015, Science, Zack Kopplin misstated the current affiliation for Emily Thorson. She is now at Boston College, not George Washington University.

In a Dec. 21, 2015, DoubleX, Nora Caplan-Bricker misstated that a Harvard Law School student featured in The Hunting Ground was “found not guilty of rape by the university.” He was dismissed from the school, then reinstated on appeal by a faculty vote; then the appeals process itself was declared in violation of Title IX by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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