Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 12

An Oct. 18 Flashback show page misspelled Val Lewton’s last name.

In an Oct. 16 Jurisprudence, Mark Joseph Stern misidentified the governor of Texas as Ken Paxton, who is Texas’ attorney general. Greg Abbott is the governor of Texas.

In an Oct. 16 Politics, Julia Craven misidentified Lloyd Colbert, a supervisor named in Smith v. Illinois Department of Transportation, as Larry Colbert.

In an Oct. 15 Movies, Matthew Dessem misstated that the film The Trial of the Chicago 7 includes a scene in which Abbie Hoffman teaches people how to make a Molotov cocktail. It was Jerry Rubin. Additionally, Dessem misstated the full name of the political faction Hoffman and Rubin co-founded. It was the Youth International Party.


In an Oct. 14 Future Tense, Jane C. Hu misquoted Science editor-in-chief Holden Thorp as writing that the pandemic “may be the most shameful moment in the history of U.S. policy.” He wrote that it “may be the most shameful moment in the history of U.S. science policy.”

In an Oct. 13 Future Tense, Cory Doctorow misidentified philosopher Daniel Dennett as Daniel Denning.

In an Oct. 12 Jurisprudence, Mark Joseph Stern misspelled California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s first name.

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