Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 24

In a Feb. 29 Politics, Jim Newell misstated that Bernie Sanders was the most-liked candidate among South Carolinians. It was Joe Biden.

In a Feb. 28 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misspelled Bashar al-Assad’s first name.

Due to an editing error, a Feb. 28 War Stories misstated that the mortality rate for ordinary flu was less than 0.01 percent. According to the CDC, it is less than 0.1 percent. The piece subsequently misstated that that rate would mean the coronavirus mortality rate of 2 percent as identified by acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf would be 200 times greater than the mortality rate for flu. It would be 20 times greater.


In a Feb. 27 Metropolis, David Zipper misidentified the company that San Francisco forced to pull its devices. The company was Skip, not Spin.


In a Feb. 26 Future Tense, Mark Joseph Stern misspelled Bret Stephens’ first name.

In a Feb. 26 Slatest, Heather Schwedel misstated when the photo of Elizabeth Warren and Chris Matthews was taken. It was from last week’s debate in Las Vegas, not Tuesday night’s debate.

In a Feb. 25 Sports, Joel Anderson misstated the year the short film Dear Basketball was released. It was 2017, not 2018.

In a Feb. 24 Politics, William Saletan misstated results from the February Washington Post/ABC poll. Six percent of independents said that knowing Sanders identifies as a socialist made them more likely to support him, not 3 percent. Meanwhile, 37 percent said it made them less likely to support him, not 79 percent. Likewise, 33 percent of independents said they were less likely to support Sanders after hearing that he “identifies himself as a democratic socialist,” not 37 percent.

In a Feb. 24 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misidentified Kashyap Patel as Kashyan Patel.

Due to a photo provider error, the photo caption of a Feb. 23 Slatest misstated that Casalpusterlengo is in southwest Milan. It is southeast of Milan.

In an Aug. 9 Television, Nitish Pahwa misidentified Lilly Singh as Indian American. She is Indian Canadian.

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