Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 31

In a Sept. 5 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s title.

In a Sept. 4 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the looming government funding deadline might force Congress to reach a deal on further relief spending. Prior to publication, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the White House and Congress had reached a deal to keep the government running with a continuous resolution, avoiding a showdown over stimulus measures.

In a Sept. 4 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Sen. Lindsey Graham’s first name.


In a Sept. 4 Slatest, Joshua Keating misidentified Richard Grenell as the acting national security adviser. He is the former acting director of national intelligence.

In a Sept. 3 Politics, Dahlia Lithwick misstated where an incident in which white men stormed the state capitol occurred. It was in Idaho, not Iowa.


In a Sept. 2 Jurisprudence, Christie Thompson misstated that California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in 2005. It was in 2015.

In a Sept. 2 Users, Madeline Ducharme misquoted a Nicki Minaj lyric. It is “mmm, Mashallah,” not “mmm, martial law.”

In a Sept. 1 Politics, Dahlia Lithwick misattributed a quote from Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers to Donald Trump.

In a Sept. 1 Politics, Victoria McGrane misstated that Dr. Shiva ran against Elizabeth Warren in the 2008 Massachusetts Senate campaign. That race took place during the 2018 Senate campaign.


In a Sept. 1 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misspelled Pinocchio.

In a Sept. 1 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that an order of 150 million COVID-19 tests the federal government recently arranged to purchase from Abbott Laboratories are saliva-based. The tests are conducted via nasal swab.

In a Sept. 1 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misidentified Paul Szoldra as a former Marine officer. He was a Marine sergeant.

In an Aug. 31 Books, Noreen Malone misidentified the two books with Angler-style covers that appeared beside each other on New York magazine’s Approval Matrix. They were the books by Robert Draper and Kurt Andersen, not the books by Robert Draper and Julian Zelizer. (Zelizer’s book was also in the highbrow-brilliant quadrant but in a different week.)


Due to an editing error, the photo credit of an Aug. 31 Jurisprudence misspelled Nicholas Kamm’s first name.

In an Aug. 31 Politics, Molly Olmstead and Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Maine residents who register to vote by mail or at a state agency must return their applications by Oct. 13. The deadline has been extended to Oct. 19. The article also implied that Maine residents who miss this deadline must register to vote on Election Day. They can register in person between Oct. 19 and Election Day. Moreover, the article misstated that Missouri residents can drop off mail-in ballots. They can drop off absentee ballots but must mail back mail-in ballots. The article also misstated that Alaska has counties. The state is divided into boroughs. The article also misstated that Alabama absentee ballots must be signed by two witnesses and a notary public. They must be signed by two witnesses or a notary public.

In an Aug. 18 Sports, Nick Greene misstated that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s contract expires after the bubble.

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