Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
June 18 2010 7:05 AM


In a June 17 "Politics," John Dickerson misquoted BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg as calling residents of the Gulf "little people." He called them "small people."

Because of a copy-editing error, the June 16 "DoubleX" referred to Jamie, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez as the authors of the Love and Rockets comic books. While Mario has contributed to the series, Jamie and Gilbert were the principal authors.


In the June 16 "Explainer," Brian Palmer stated that airline pilots always have to use the rudder pedals to keep a plane on the runway during landing. Commercial jetliners are equipped with a system to handle that job, although it sometimes needs a little human help.

In the June 15 "Technology," Farhad Manjoo stated that McDonald's began offering Wi-Fi last year. The company announced its plan last year but did not begin service until mid-January.

In the June 14 "Explainer," Brian Palmer incorrectly stated that Uzbeks appear East Asian, while Kyrgyz look Russian or Persian. In fact, it is the opposite. He also incorrectly stated that the Soviets ruled Kyrgyzstan for more than a century. Of course, the Soviet Union didn't last a full century. Russians, however, did control the region between 1876 and 1991.

In the June 14 "Skin and Scares," Jason Zinoman stated that Jason Stackhouse and Detective Bellefleur agreed they should tell each other "I love you" more often in the Season 3 premiere of True Blood. The exchange was between Bellefleur and his cousin, Terry.


Because of an editing error, a June 11 "Explainer" misstated the filing fee the state of Utah charges candidates for elected office. It is 0.125 percent of the office's expected salary, not 0.00125 percent.

In a headline in the June 11 " Slatest," Meredith Simons incorrectly stated that the value of the BP stock held by Britain's National Association of Pension Funds is 800 billion pounds. The fund's total assets are worth 800 billion pounds, and its BP holdings represent 1.5 percent of that.

In the June 8 "Foreigners," Michael Weiss erroneously stated that Salam Fayyad lost a bid to join the executive committee of the PLO in August 2009. Despite press reports to the contrary, Fayyad did not run in that election.

In the June 3 "Faith-Based," James Verini gave the wrong date for Damian De Veuster's canonization. It was in October 2009, not March. Also, he was originally from Belgium, not "of Belgian descent," though the church considers him American.

In the March 30 "Bull-E," Emily Bazelon misstated the number of teens charged with bullying Phoebe Prince—it was six, not nine. She also misspelled the name of Sharon Chanon Velazquez and misidentified Sean Mulveyhill's girlfriend as Ashley Longe—he was dating Kayla Narey.

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