Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 12

In a March 15 Jurisprudence, Jeremy Stahl mischaracterized comments made by Seth Abramson and other political commentators regarding Stormy Daniels’ contract with Donald Trump. These comments suggested her contract is unlikely to be enforced, not that it is unenforceable.


In a March 15 Politics, Christina Cauterucci misstated that Tim Kaine, as Virginia governor, supported an informed consent law that included a mandatory intravaginal ultrasound. The ultrasound provision was added to the law after Kaine left office.

In a March 14 Books, Laura Miller misstated that Paul Haynes is an amateur expert on the Golden State Killer crimes. Haynes was Michelle McNamara’s lead researcher on the book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a paid position.

In a March 14 Future Tense, a photo caption misidentified a village in Nepal as Chheplung. It is Ghat.

In a March 14 Slatest, Molly Olmstead misstated that Deborah Wesson Gibson came forward about her relationship with Moore in December. She first spoke out in November. Additionally, Olmstead misstated Moore’s age at the time of their relationship. He was 34, not 32.


In a March 13 Brow Beat, Lena Wilson misspelled Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s last name.

In a March 13 Future Tense, Aaron Mak misstated the day the air taxi service Cora was unveiled. It was Monday, not Tuesday.

In a March 13 Life, Rachelle Hampton misspelled Jeet Heer’s name.

In a March 13 and a March 15 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley identified Gina Haspel, who has been nominated to be director of the CIA, as having supervised the torture of a suspect named Abu Zubaydah in 2002. The report upon which that statement was based, a 2017 article in ProPublica, has been retracted. “It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended,” the site says.


In a March 13 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated that the Senate never confirmed Gina Haspel as director of the National Clandestine Service due to protest within the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Senate does not formally confirm appointments to that post.

In a March 12 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misstated that Michael Caine won a Best Actor Oscar for The Cider House Rules. The Oscar was for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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