Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 10

In a Dec. 16 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misspelled Pottersville, the name of the town in the alternate timeline of It’s a Wonderful Life, and Ego Nwodim’s last name.

In a Dec. 16 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misspelled Alex Moffat’s last name.

In a Dec. 14 Life, Rebecca Onion mischaracterized Penthouse Australia as an “Australian edition” of the magazine. The two are separate entities. Additionally, she misidentified Kelly Holland as Penthouse’s current CEO, and she characterized Gavin McInnes as an alt-right figure (he has asserted that he is not part of that movement).


In a Dec. 14 Sports, Ryan O’Hanlon misstated that the Premier League launched with 20 teams. There were 22 teams at the league’s inception.

In a Dec. 13 Downtime, Alyssa Perrott misspelled Amy Poehler’s last name.


Due to an editing error, a headline on a Dec. 12 Jurisprudence misstated it was the fifth anniversary of the last failed effort to pass a national family leave policy. The bill in question was reintroduced in 2015 and 2017, and failed.

In a Dec. 11 Brow Beat, Aja Hoggatt misidentified Shift7 as a digital strategist. It is a tech company.

In a Dec. 11 Science, Sonari Glinton misidentified the Volt as Chevrolet’s only electric car model. Chevrolet also produces the Bolt, which is electric.


In a Dec. 10 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misspelled actor Harry Melling’s last name.

In a Dec. 10 Faith-Based, Ruth Graham misstated that Ammon Bundy spent time as a missionary in Argentina. He did not.

In a Dec. 10 Future Tense, April Glaser misidentified the scooter company Scoot as Skip. She also misstated the timing Lime’s no-parking zone around Lake Merritt.

In a Dec. 10 Medical Examiner, Shannon Palus misidentified the model in the Anea study as a blonde. The model was a brunette. She also misidentified Deborah Glasofer and Michelle Miller as psychiatrists. They are psychologists.

In a Dec. 10 Music, Fred Kaplan misstated that Charles Lloyd plays alto saxophone. He plays tenor saxophone.


In a Dec. 10 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misstated John Kelly’s tenure as chief of staff. He has been chief of staff for nearly two years, not more than two years.


In a Dec. 10 Politics, William Saletan misstated that James Comey testified on Dec. 7 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing was a joint session of that committee and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

In a Dec. 10 Slatest, Joshua Keating misidentified former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos as José Eduardo de Santos.

In a Dec. 9 Sports, Nick Greene misstated by how many points the Miami Dolphins were down before the game-winning play. It was five points, not six.

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