Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
April 21 2006 11:15 AM


In the April 21 "Human Nature," Will Saletan misquoted a character in Big Love. The character, Nicki Grant, said that plural marriage taught the value of "selflessness," not "selfishness." The remark was in contrast to, not in concert with, the jealousy she expressed in the scene.


In the April 19 "Hot Documents," Timothy Noah referred to a retired Army general as Gen. John Batiste. The proper way to describe a general of Batiste's rank is as Major General. Timothy Noah also erroneously judged the number of meetings Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld holds with military leaders to have declined. This year's number is about what it was last year.

In the April 18 "Medical Examiner," Sarah Richards incorrectly implied that all 20 antidepressants on the market affect serotonin levels. While many of them do, a few drugs work through other mechanisms.

In the April 18 "Television," Troy Patterson misspelled the name of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez.

In the April 17 "Explainer," Daniel Engber originally stated that the concentration of U-235 in uranium gas must be 80 percent to 90 percent to make a nuclear weapon. Although that's the threshold for standard nuclear weapons, in theory you could make a weapon with concentrations over 20 percent.

In the April 16 "Today's Papers," Roger McShane incorrectly stated that the New York Times led with a Medicaid story. The paper led with a White House memo urging former military commanders to support Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

In the April 13 "Today's Pictures," Magnum stated that Samuel Beckett was in New York in 1964 for a production of Waiting for Godot. Becektt was in New York to work on the movie Film.

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