Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 11

In a Feb. 17 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misstated that comedian Anthony Atamanuik claimed Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of President Donald Trump was based on his own. James Adomian—the comedian who played Bernie Sanders opposite Atamanuik’s Trump during the 2016 presidential election—has tweeted that he believes Baldwin studied Atamanuik’s Saturday Night Live audition tape, which included a Trump impersonation, but Atamanuik himself has not made that claim.

In a Feb. 15 Books, Susan Matthews misstated that “The Uninhabitable Earth” was still the most read story in New York magazine’s history. It was surpassed by an excerpt of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury in 2018.


A Feb. 15 Gist transcript misstated the number of Americans earning $10 million a year or more, according to Social Security. There are 3,755, not 3,475.


In a Feb. 13 Future Tense, April Glaser misidentified Jim Larkin’s first name.

In a Feb. 12 Life, Rachelle Hampton misstated Mark Herring’s title. He is Virginia’s attorney general, not deputy attorney general.

In a Feb. 12 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated that Patrick Shanahan had served just five months as deputy secretary of defense. He held that position for one year and five months.

In a Feb. 11 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misidentified Strategy&, formerly known as Booz and Company. He also misspelled Katha Pollitt’s last name.

In a Feb. 10 Family, Rebecca Onion misquoted the amount of money the family interviewed spends annually on child care. It’s $29,487, not $19,200.


In a Feb. 8 Brow Beat, Heather Schwedel misidentified the group of entertainers in the 1960s that included Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. It was the Rat Pack, not the Brat Pack.


In a Feb. 8 Gist, Mike Pesca misstated that U.S. energy use is only 18 percent renewable. Renewable energy accounts for only 18 percent of total U.S. power generation.

In a Feb. 7 Metropolis, Henry Grabar miscalculated the exponential gains of compound interest with regard to a Michigan Menards store. It would not take centuries, under Michigan’s property tax increase cap, to restore the Escanaba Menards’ taxable value to what it was before dark store theory. It would only take 16 years.

Due to an editing error, the introductory note of a Feb. 13, 2012, reprint of a 2006 Explainer misgendered the author of the piece, Keelin McDonell.

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