Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 9

In an April 15 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misspelled the Steele dossier as the Steel dossier.


In an April 13 Sports, Mike Schur misidentified the ocean that’s visible from the Clevelander Hotel. It’s the Atlantic, not the Pacific. It also misidentified J.R. Smith as a point guard. He is a shooting guard.

In an April 12 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated the amount that Karen McDougal was reportedly paid by American Media Inc. in a contract that involved her agreement not to speak publicly about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. It was $150,000, not $130,000.

In an April 11 Politics, Josh Voorhees misstated that a Wisconsin congressional election between Randy Bryce and Paul Nehlen would be the second between a Bernie Sanders–backed Democrat and an avowed anti-Semitic Republican nominee, alluding to an Illinois congressional race. While a different white nationalist won the GOP nomination in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional district, the Sanders-backed challenger there lost to the Democratic incumbent in March.

In an April 10 Industry, Will Oremus misspelled Sen. John Thune’s first name.


In an April 10 Music, Carl Wilson mischaracterized the Ike–and–Tina Turner biopic that Jay-Z and Cardi B reference as a TV movie. What’s Love Got to Do With It was a theatrical release.

In an April 9 Brow Beat, Lena Wilson misidentified A Quiet Place as John Krasinski’s directorial debut. It is his third film as director.

In an April 5 Brow Beat, Lena Wilson misidentified Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard as Sam Gibbard.

In a March 28 Politics, Osita Nwanevu misstated that Kevin Williamson has argued that women who receive abortions should be executed. He has argued that women who receive abortions should be imprisoned or executed in line with existing penalties for homicide.


In a March 13 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley stated in error that Donald Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel, had overseen the torture of a specific mistakenly identified suspect (Abu Zubaydah). The publication that reported Haspel’s role has since retracted its report about Zubaydah. Haspel is still believed to have overseen the torture of a different suspect and to have destroyed evidence of torture.

In an Aug. 3, 2012, Books, Dan Kois misidentified the character Peter Zell from Ben Winters’ The Last Policeman as Peter Fell.

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