Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 16

In an Aug. 20 Television, Karen Tongson misidentified Annie Julia Wyman, the co-creator of The Chair, as a Ph.D. candidate in English at Harvard. Wyman received her doctorate in 2017.

In an Aug. 19 Politics, Lili Loofbourow misspelled Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s first name.

In an Aug. 19 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that Fox News had established a new rule requiring employees to disclose their vaccination status to HR. That rule has been in effect since June.

In an Aug. 18 Downtime, Heather Schwedel misstated that a suit of armor was period-specific to the years 490 through 510 A.D. It is specific to 1490–1520 A.D.


In an Aug. 18 Politics, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that a photo showed a helicopter taking off from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. It was from a roof near the embassy.


In an Aug. 17 Medical Examiner, Julia Craven misstated that Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina covered medically unnecessary COVID-19 testing. It covers medically necessary testing.

In an Aug. 17 Television, Flannery Dean misidentified Alexandra Daddario as Andrea Addario.

In an Aug. 16 Pay Dirt, Athena Valentine misspelled Melody Beattie’s last name.

In an Aug. 15 Politics, Lili Loofbourow misidentified former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis as William Brandeis.

In an Aug. 14 Politics, Jordan Weissmann misidentified the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as the Metropolitan Policy Project.


In an Aug. 14 Wide Angle, Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher misstated that the first time a University of Alabama sorority offered a bid to a Black woman was in 2013. That year was the first time multiple sororities offered bids to Black women.

In the Aug. 13 Slate News Quiz, Ray Hamel misstated that the Dixie Fire was the largest in California history. It’s the state’s largest-ever single-source fire.

In an Aug. 12 Moneybox, Alex Kirshner misstated that research on media coverage and investing had been conducted by Anastassia Fedyk. She was highlighting the work of others.

In an Aug. 11 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misspelled Hamid Karzai’s first name.

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