In an Oct. 4 "Culturebox" about the shortage of Middle Eastern linguists, Lee Smith stated that $90 million in Title VI funding goes to 17 Middle East institutes. In fact, only about 10 percent of that amount is directed to those institutes.
In an Oct. 6 "Chatterbox" column, Timothy Noah misidentified the state where Rep. Nick Smith's district lies. It's Michigan, not Illinois.
In an Oct. 6 "Food" article, Mark Schatzker wrote: "No less than 11,000 eggs were eaten at a 1387 feast for Richard III." The sentence was incorrect. Richard III ruled from 1483-85. It was Richard the II who ascended to the throne in 1387.
In an Oct. 6 "On the Trail," Chris Suellentrop misstated what happened when Vice President Dick Cheney referred to factcheck.com during the debate instead of factcheck.org. The article originally claimed that George Soros bought the factcheck.com URL after Cheney referred to it, and redirected its traffic to GeorgeSoros.com. In fact, the company that already owned factcheck.com, Name Administration Inc., redirected the traffic to the Soros page.
In an Oct. 7 "War Stories," comparing the 1991 Gulf war and the current Iraq war, Fred Kaplan misstated the number of non-U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf war coalition. The piece originally said that the non-U.S. coalition partners sent "a total of 800,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, as well as 300 combat support battalions, over 225 naval vessels, and 2,800 fixed-wing aircraft. Those aircraft flew 112,000 sorties and dropped 87,000 tons of munitions on Iraqi targets." In fact, those figures represented all coalition forces, including American forces, which comprised the majority of the coalition's strength. The piece also originally stated that there were 300 combat support battalions in the coalition. In fact, the 300 battalions included both combat and combat-support units.