In a June 2 "Today's Papers," Eric Umansky incorrectly stated that a New York Times story about Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's criticism of "daily" allied troops' attacks against civilians failed to include "another part of the quote" in which Maliki offered: "I'm not saying they are intentional." In fact, Maliki said that two days ago.
In the June 2 Music Box, Jody Rosen used an incorrect last name for the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chad Smith.
In a May 31 "Today's Papers," Eric Umansky incorrectly stated that, according to a USA Today article, about 40,000 unidentified dead bodies are found annually in the United States. In fact, the total number of unidentified dead bodies is estimated to be 40,000.
In a May 30 "Blogging the Bible," David Plotz incorrectly stated that Chapter 39 of the Bible calls Jacob "well built and handsome." The passage refers to Joseph.
In a May 30 "Medical Examiner," Daria Viseman incorrectly stated that Joan Didion's daughter died of sepsis. She got sick from sepsis, as Didion relates in The Year of Magical Thinking, but died later from another condition.
In a May 27 "Today's Papers," Joshua Kucera stated that the New York Times was first to report the investigation into the killing of civilians by American Marines in Haditha, Iraq. In fact, the Los Angeles Times and other publications have reported the investigation as well. In a May 27, "Today's Papers," Joshua Kucera incorrectly stated that John Snow announced he would step down as treasury secretary. As of publication, Snow had not made an announcement, though members of the Bush administration had confirmed his plan to step down.
In the May 26 "Sports Nut," an incorrect byline originally appeared because of a copy-editing error. The author is Mike DeBonis.
In a May 23 "Medical Examiner," Sydney Spiesel incorrectly stated that the New England Journal of Medicine learned about three additional heart attacks associated with Vioxx long after publication of an article about the drug. In fact, the journal learned of the heart attacks in 2001, several months after publication, but says it did not understand their relevance to the study until 2005, when litigation led to the release of a memo showing that at least two of the study's authors had known about them before publication. The article also said that a different study compared Vioxx to the drug naproxen. The study compared Vioxx to a placebo.