Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 3 2003 12:19 PM


In the Oct. 3 "In Other Magazines" column, in the New Republic item, Julia Turner originally wrote that Washington lobbyist C. Boyden Gray chose the latter of the following two options: "Pick up the requisite knife skills, or get out of politics altogether." He actually chose the former.

In the Oct. 2 "Readme" column, Michael Kinsley originally misstated the hypothetical question Gen. Wesley Clark refused to answer in the Sept. 25 debate. The question asked if he would approve President Bush's request for $87 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, not whether he would have supported the Iraq war resolution if he had been in the Senate.

In a Sept. 30 "Chatterbox" column, Timothy Noah stated that in 1973's "Saturday Night Massacre," President Richard Nixon fired Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, along with Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In fact, Richardson and Ruckelshaus resigned.


In a Sept. 30 "Television" column, Marc Weingarten originally reported that the While You Were Out crew remodels a room in 24 hours; in fact it may take longer. Also, Teresa Strasser was not the show's original host, as the article originally stated.

In a Sept. 29 "Chatterbox," Timothy Noah wrote of Gen. Wesley Clark, "Never before in the modern era has a politically ambitious high-ranking military officer found it desirable, even from a purely careerist perspective, to associate himself with the Democrats." That statement overlooked Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, who in 1976 ran for the Senate in Virginia as a Democrat.

In a Sept. 16 "History Lesson" about generals who became president, David Greenberg originally stated that 10 American generals have become chief executive. Technically, 12 have. The article left out two men who were promoted to general during the Civil War, though not for their battlefield accomplishments. Andrew Johnson was made a brigadier general when he was military governor of Tennessee, and Chester Arthur was a brigadier general while serving as quartermaster general of New York state.

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