Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 17

In a Dec. 21 Brow Beat, Inkoo Kang misidentified Jason Momoa as Asian. He is not.

In a Dec. 21 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that Donald Trump planned to build a 1,800-mile-long wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. While estimates of the border’s length vary, most have it in the neighborhood of 1,950 miles; Trump’s wall proposal has changed many times, but he appears to want to build no more than 1,000 miles of it in total.


In a Dec. 20 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated that NBC News reported that President Trump had ordered the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. NBC actually reported that Trump ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for this purpose. Kaplan also misstated that John Kelly would be joining the private sector after January. He plans to step down from his position at the end of the year.


Due to a production error, a Dec. 20 Studio 360 originally had incorrect audio. It has been fixed.

In a Dec. 20 Brow Beat, Ellin Stein misspelled the name of Mark Hogancamp’s doll alter ego, Hogie. Also, due to a production error, a caption misidentified the subject of a photo. It is not Mark Hogancamp; it is Hogie.


In a Dec. 19 Downtime, Rebecca Schuman mistranslated the German term Backpfeifengesicht. In fact, the German word Backe refers not to the jaw but to the lower half of the cheek, or the jowl, which whistles when a punchable person is punched in the face.

In a Dec. 19 Politics, William Saletan misstated that the Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump had an August 2015 with Michael Cohen and Trump. Trump had that meeting with Cohen and David Pecker.

In a Dec. 19 Books, Laura Miller misstated that the “By the Book” column in the New York Times Book Review began under the editorship of Pamela Paul. The column began in 2012 under the editorship of Sam Tanenhaus. Pamela Paul became the Review’s editor in 2013.

In a Dec. 19 Movies, Sam Adams misspelled the name of Mark Hogancamp’s doll alter ego, Hogie.

In a Dec. 19 World, León Krauze misstated that Q’eqchi’ is a dialect. It is a language.

In a Dec. 18 Slatest, Josh Voorhees misstated the last time a Republican lost a U.S. Senate race in Arizona. The year was 1988, not 1982.

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