Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 21

In a Sept. 25 Future Tense, Mia Armstrong misspelled 12 Seconds of Silence author Jamie Holmes’ first name.

In a Sept. 25 Future Tense, Aaron Mak misspelled Jo Rae Perkins’ first name.

In a Sept. 25 Wide Angle, Rachelle Hampton misstated that the Ripped Bodice is the United States’ sole romance-only bookstore; it is the sole romance-only bookstore on the West Coast.

In a Sept. 24 Politics, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that David Souter could be expected to vote on the Supreme Court against dubious attempts by the Trump campaign to invalidate mail-in ballots. David Souter retired in 2009; the piece meant to refer to current Justice Stephen Breyer. The piece also misstated that Pennsylvania would be the state in which Biden is most likely to be able to make a case for overturning results and suggested he would have already won the Electoral College if Pennsylvania’s vote is very close; the author meant Trump would have this opportunity, and that if Pennsylvania is very close it could be the state that tips the election.


In a Sept. 24 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified the actress playing the part of Swanee Capps in Fargo. It is Kelsey Asbille, not Amber Midthunder.

In a Sept. 23 Jurisprudence, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the Supreme Court saved Obamacare in 2014. It did so in 2015.

A Sept. 23 Moneybox misspelled Evel Knievel’s first name.

In a Sept. 23 Slatest, Molly Olmstead misspelled Detective Brett Hankison’s last name.

In a Sept. 22 Outward, Bryan Lowder misstated that Angela Chen had coined the term “compulsory sexuality” in her book. It was in use among asexuals previously.

In a Sept. 21 Medical Examiner, Shannon Palus misstated that Maria Elena Bottazzi is a virologist at Baylor University. She does her research at Baylor College of Medicine.

In a Sept. 21 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified the show Watchmen as Watchman. She also misspelled actress Uzo Aduba’s last name.

In an Aug. 31 Politics, Molly Olmstead and Mark Joseph Stern misstated that Oklahomans can register to vote online.

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