Slate’s mistakes for the week of Oct. 17.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 17

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 17

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 21 2016 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Oct. 21 Brow Beat, Bonnie Gordon misidentified the character who ends the Don Giovanni aria "Batti, Batti" on her knees. It's Zerlina, not Donna Ana.

In an Oct. 21 Future Tense blog post, Jacob Brogan misstated that Amazon Web Services sent an email notification at 5:15 a.m. It posted a message to its status site.


In an Oct. 21 Future Tense blog post, Jacob Brogan misspelled the last name of security researcher Brian Krebs.

In an Oct. 20 Brow Beat, Marissa Martinelli misstated the date of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. It will take place on Dec. 10, not Nov. 10.

In an Oct. 20 Brow Beat, Marissa Martinelli misstated that Donald Trump mocked highlights of the debate. Stephen Colbert was the one who mocked highlights of the debate.

In an Oct. 20 Moneybox blog post, Helaine Olen misspelled Warren Buffett’s last name. She also misquoted Donald Trump as saying “all of our donors” took large tax breaks. He was referring to Hillary Clinton’s donors.


In an Oct. 20 Movies, Daniel Engber misidentified the title character in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as a Marine. He is a soldier.

In an Oct. 20 Slatest, Isaac Chotiner misstated what Chris Wallace asked the presidential candidates should or should not be interpreted as a living document. The question was about the Constitution, not the Supreme Court.

In an Oct. 20 Slatest, Leon Neyfakh misstated the timing of when Trump said wrong at the third presidential debate. The first instance of wrong was when Trump mouthed it. Later, he said wrong in response to Clinton’s correct assertion that he mocked a disabled Times reporter.

Due to a production error, the photo on an Oct. 20 Television included an image from Second Chance rather than Chance. It has been replaced.


In an Oct. 19 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated that the National Front didn’t win a single seat in France’s 2015 regional elections. It didn’t win any regional presidencies but did pick up a number of seats.

In an Oct. 19 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misquoted Ken Bone as saying that Hillary Clinton is “going to ask [Donald Trump] the hard questions that he’s going to answer.” Bone said that Trump “might not be able to answer” the hard questions.

In an Oct. 19 XX Factor, Suzanne Monyak misidentified Barbara Ashcroft as a member of the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force. She is a former member of the task force.

In an Oct. 18 Brow Beat, Rebecca Schuman misstated that the German verb kleinkriegen was directly related to the noun Kleinkrieg. It is not.


In an Oct. 18 DoubleX, Michelle Goldberg misstated that a rape had happened 25 years ago. It was 35 years ago.

In an Oct. 18 Interrogation, Isaac Chotiner misstated when there was fear that Nixon would fly a plane into the Capitol. It was in the last days before his resignation.

In an Oct. 17 Brow Beat, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner misattributed a Shakespeare quote from Friar Lawrence to Friar Tuck.

In an Oct. 17 Jurisprudence, Mark Joseph Stern misstated the percentage of illegal votes cast between 2002 and 2006. It was 0.00004 percent, not 0.0000004 percent.


In an Oct. 17 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified writer Eve Peyser as a Democrat. She identifies as a leftist, not a Democrat.

In an Oct. 16 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled New Hampshire.

In an Oct. 15 XX Factor, Katherine Bell mistakenly referred to a “Bush/Dole” 1992 campaign poster. The poster would have read “Bush/Quayle.”

Due to a production error, the show notes in an Oct. 14 Amicus misstated that Jeffrey Fisher was the attorney representing the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado. Fisher’s client was actually the petitioner in the case and the defendant in the original criminal trial.

In an Oct. 14 History, Donald Fagen misstated that May 21, 1956, was the first airdrop of a nuclear device. It was the first airdrop of a thermonuclear device.

Due to a production error, an Oct. 10 Quora misspelled author John Chesire’s last name.

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