Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 16

In a March 20 Brow Beat, Cornelia Channing misidentified the TV show Midsomer Murders at Midsomer Mysteries.

In a March 20 Downtime, Jessica Gentile misspelled Foucault.

In a March 20 Future Tense, Renee DiResta misstated that Twitter was one of the tech companies that received letters from Rep. Adam Schiff about health misinformation on their platforms. Twitter was not one of those companies.

A March 20 Life misidentified Ashley Bloomfield as the minister of health in New Zealand. He is the director-general of the ministry.


In a March 20 Politics, Steven W. Thrasher misspelled scholar Achille Mbembe’s first name.

In a March 20 Sports, Joel Anderson erroneously referred to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the United States Olympic Committee.

In a March 20 Television, Rachelle Hampton misattributed the idea of a “talented tenth” to Booker T. Washington. It was created by W.E.B. Du Bois.


In a March 20 World, Charles Dunst misstated that the U.S. has given $100 million in aid to countries affected by the pandemic. The aid has been pledged but not yet fully delivered.

In a March 19 Television, Willa Paskin misspelled the last names of author Chris Kraus and actor Matthew Macfadyen, and the first and last names of actress Cybill Shepherd.


In a March 17 Moneybox, Henry Grabar misspelled Warren Buffett’s last name. Grabar also misstated that airlines spent 96 percent of their profits on stock buybacks. They spent 96 percent of free cash flow on stock buybacks.

Due to an editing error, a March 17 Sports misidentified the asker of two questions as Stefan Fatsis. Joel Anderson asked them.

In a March 16 Faith-Based, Ruth Graham misspelled Mariann Edgar Budde’s first name.


In a March 16 Medical Examiner, Shannon Palus misspelled therapist Kathleen Smith’s first name.

In a March 16 Television, Rebecca Onion misstated that the ending of the miniseries version of The Plot Against America is the same as the ending of Philip Roth’s novel.

In a March 14 Politics, Dan Kois misstated that the Transportation Security Administration’s usual liquids limit is 4 ounces. It’s 3.4 ounces.

In a March 13 Moneybox, Seth Maxon misstated that Target CEO Brian Cornell once made the company’s new hires watch an anti-union video as part of required training. Target did that, but Cornell was not CEO at the time.

In a March 13 Slatest, Julia Craven misstated that Ron DeSantis was the incumbent during the 2018 election. There was no incumbent.

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