Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
May 20 2011 6:37 AM


Red pen.

In a May 20 "Big Idea," Jacob Weisberg misspelled William Ayers' surname.

In a May 18 "Crime" column, Christopher Beam incorrectly stated that Timothy McVeigh's perp walk lasted three hours. It occurred three hours before his official arrest.


In a May 18 "Culturebox," Jeremy Singer-Vine mistakenly stated that Gen. Petraeus earned his three National Defense Service Medals for service in Operation Desert Spring, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Rather, he earned them for active service during the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism.  National Defense Service Medals were not issued for service during Operation Desert Spring. Singer-Vine also mistakenly stated that Gen. David Petraeus will "resign from the military." The general will retire from the military.

In the May 17 "Jurisprudence," Dahlia Lithwick misidentified Vanderbilt University professor William Bernet as Richard Bernet.

In a May 16 "Politics," David Weigel implied that the age of Earth could be ascertained using carbon dating. It is radiometric dating that reveals the age of the planet.

In the May 17 "Rosslyn Code," Chris Wilson mistakenly referred to "18th-century English writer John Michell" when the writer in question was a 20th -century English writer by the same name.


In the May 17 "Television," Troy Patterson misidentified the show New Girl as The New Girl.

In a May 16 "Moneybox," Tim Harford misspelled the last name of Air Commodore Henry Cave-Browne-Cave of the Royal Air Force.

In a May 16 " Slatest" post, Josh Voorhees misspelled the name of the Endeavour space shuttle, as did KJ Dell'Antonia in a May 16 "XXFactor" post.

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