Slate’s mistakes for the week of Feb. 22.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 22

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 22

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 26 2016 4:07 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 28 Sports Nut, Josh Levin misstated that Stephen Curry made a 31-foot shot to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a 38-footer.

In a Feb. 27 Politics, Andrew Kahn and Jeremy Stahl misstated the number of Democratic primary delegates pledged to the candidates. Hillary Clinton has 502, and Bernie Sanders has 70.


In a Feb. 26 Bad Astronomy Phil Plait misstated that the MARCI camera taking images of Mars uses a push-broom technique (a single row of pixels built up to make a image); it uses a push-frame technique, using multiple rows of pixels.

A home page headline for a Feb. 26 Slatest misstated that a shooting rampage took place in Texas. The shootings occurred in Kansas.

In a Feb. 26 Roads & Kingdoms, Sonia Paul misstated that 2 million Ugandan shillings was close to $200 and that 3 billion Ugandan shillings was about $892,000. Two million Ugandan shillings is close to $300, and 3 billion Ugandan shillings is about $900,000.

In a Feb. 26 You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth misstated that the Scottsboro Boys were sentenced to death for the rape of one white woman. It was for the rape of two white women. Due to a production error, the show page also misidentified a photo of a beauty-pagaent contestant named Dorothy Parker as the eponymous writer.  


In a Feb. 25 Brow Beat, Katy Waldman misspelled Slate writer Jordan Weissmann’s last name.

In a Feb. 25 Future Tense, Elizabeth Garbee misstated the location of one of the two interferometers placed the by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory to detect gravitational waves. It is located in Hanford, Washington, not Hanover, Germany.

In a Feb. 25 Slatest, Rachel E. Gross misspelled researcher Shigeru Tajima’s first name.

In a Feb. 25 XX Factor, Elissa Strauss misidentified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the Center for Disease Control.


In a Feb. 24 the Oscars, Laura Bennett misstated the age of Jack in Room; he is 5 years old, not 11. 

Due to an editing error, a Feb. 23 Jurisprudence misidentified New England Law | Boston as New England Law School.

In a Feb. 23 Schooled, Alexandria Neason misidentified the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights as the Office of Civil Rights.

In a Feb. 23 Slatest, Joshua Keating misspelled Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first name.


In a Feb. 22 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that both pilots were killed in a test flight of the first SpaceShipTwo. Only one pilot, Michael Alsbury, was killed; the other, Peter Siebold, was seriously injured.

In a Feb. 22 Brow Beat, Darian Alexander misstated that Game of Thrones loves to remind us that the night is long and full of terrors. The correct line is “the night is dark and full of terrors.”

In a Feb. 22 Video, Robby Berman misspelled Tromso, Norway.

In a Feb. 18 Future Tense, Jacob Brogan misspelled the name of the e-print service arXiv.


In a Feb. 18 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that John Paul Stevens, William Rehnquist, Lewis Powell, and Anthony Kennedy were all nominated less than a year before a presidential election; that’s only true of Kennedy, but the four were all confirmed less than a year before an election.

In a Feb. 15 Sports Nut, Sarah Gold misstated that sea levels have risen almost 8 feet since 1870. They have risen almost 8 inches.

Due to a production error, a photo caption in a Feb. 12 Crime misstated that the photo of President Bill Clinton was from 2005. It is from 1995.

In a Feb. 11 XX Factor, Christina Cauterucci misstated that Meryl Streep was responding directly to a question about the all-white makeup of her Berlinale festival jury when she said that “we’re all Africans, really.”

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