Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 2 2009 7:01 AM


In a Sept. 30 "Jurisprudence," Richard Thompson Ford misspelled the name Harvey Gantt. 

In the Sept. 29 "Music Box," Jonah Weiner misstated the lyrics of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA." Cyrus sings, "So I put my hands up, they're playing my song," not "I got my hands up, they're playing my song."

In a Sept. 29 " Prescriptions," Timothy Noah made erroneous reference to Sen. "Ben" Nelson of Florida. The senator's name is Bill Nelson. Ben Nelson is a senator from Nebraska.


In a Sept. 29 " The American Way of Dentistry," June Thomas originally provided an inaccurate description of a chart. It shows the overall price index compared with the dental and medical indexes rather than inflation rates. The chart was also mislabeled.

In the acknowledgements for the "Explainer" from Sep. 23, Brian Palmer misspelled the name of Indiana University's Enrique Merino.

In the Sept. 22 " Human Nature," William Saletan wrote that 40 states have special taxes on soda or junk food. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, it's true that 40 states tax "sugared beverages and snack foods," but it's not true that such taxes, across the 40 states, are specific to these products.

In the Sept. 22 " Books" column, Emily Wilson wrote that California lawmakers upheld a ban on same-sex marriages on May 26. She meant California judges.

In a Sept. 9 "Prescriptions," Timothy Noah described inaccurately a trigger mechanism in the 2003 law adding drug coverage to Medicare. The trigger is activated after Medicare spending draws 45 percent or more of its funding from general revenues two years in a row and not, as Noah stated, after this circumstance occurs in a single year. Also, the remedy is a cut in funding and not, as Noah stated, an appropriation.

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