In a Jan. 19 Life, Rachelle Hampton misspelled the Outline’s Adrianne Jeffries’ first and last names.
In a Jan. 19 Slatest, Jim Newell misspelled Stephen Miller’s first name. He also misidentified Chuck Schumer as Senate majority leader. He’s Senate minority leader.
In a Jan. 19 Wide Angle, Mark Oppenheimer misstated that Ira Glass worked on Joe Frank’s show as an intern. Glass worked on Frank’s show as a production assistant.
In a Jan. 17 Better Life Lab, Liza Mundy misstated that Elin Bergithe Rognlie is Norway’s general consul in New York. She is the former general consul.
In a Jan. 17 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misspelled Johannes Brahms’ last name.
In a Jan. 17 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that pornographic actress Stormy Daniels said she first met Donald Trump in Las Vegas. Their first alleged meeting took place in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
In a Jan. 16 the Industry, Inkoo Kang misstated that Logan Paul’s YouTube page boasts more than 356 million views and 4 million subscribers. It has 3 billion views and nearly 16 million subscribers.
In a Jan. 16 Politics, Jacob Weisberg misstated the length of a document that allegedly spelled out an agreement between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. It was two pages, not three pages.
In a Jan. 16 Sports, Rebecca Schuman misstated that Aly Raisman has retired from international gymnastics. She has not.
In a Jan. 8 Future Tense, Aaron Mak misstated that the startup Telegram is based in Russia. It is based in Dubai.
In a Jan. 5 Brow Beat,...
There’s more to the new look of Slate than the logo, layout, colors, and new URL pattern. The new site sits on top of a new content management system that completely changes both the way editors and writers create stories and all the technology that puts that work on a webpage.
Our project to move off of our existing CMS (which we’d been using since 2011) began more than a year ago. After looking at various options and doing some prototyping around a new writing interface, we eventually decided to try a CMS called Clay that New York magazine has been developing since 2015. We were wooed by Clay’s approach to component-based architecture and the fact that it was running on node.js rather than the Java or PHP alternatives we’d seen...
Why, yes, that is a brand new logo. And home page. And font. Tuesday morning we launched a wholesale redesign—our most comprehensive visual revamp in more than a decade. We’ve changed our article pages to make them more legible. We’ve changed our navigation and home page to make our work easier to find. We’ve changed the way we promote our podcasts to make them more discoverable. We’ve changed our code to make the site dazzlingly fast. We’ve changed our approach to editorial art to showcase visual work that’s as distinctive as our writing and yakking. And we’ve changed the logo—including a tweak to our venerable maroon—to give Slate a bold new mark: a third logo for our third decade.
We had a few motives for this transformation. The first is that we wanted to do a better job orienting our visitors. Our old site hid our navigation tools in a discreet menu that revealed itself only when you clicked on it. Our new design features clear navigation on every page, helping new users figure out what Slate is all about and loyal readers find the stuff they’re looking for. We’ve also organized all of our coverage into five verticals: News & Politics, Culture, Technology, Business, and a new one called Human Interest. Our goal is to make clear on every page the full range of our editorial pursuits.
We also wanted to find a visual voice that better matches our mission. At Slate, we strive to bring you surprising and fresh...
A little over a year ago we published the results of an experiment: a new article design that didn’t look like the rest of our stories. It had an airy layout that gave clarity to the text, with new typefaces and colors, and it was published entirely outside of our CMS. Over the past year we’ve been using that article design to publish more stories as we’ve developed the complete new look we’re unveiling today. But we haven’t been calling this process a redesign—instead, I asked everyone to call it Redux. That’s because all the while the project has been a Trojan horse.
Slate has been sorely in need of a visual update to bring our look up to the level of our stories, but rather than just focus on a redesign of the website, we wanted to redesign the way we work. Sure, on the other end of that we’d have a new home page and logo, but we wanted to build a process for working together that brought everyone to the same table—editorial, design, development, product, and sales.
We used that initial article design as a sandbox to test assumptions about collaborating together while we also worked out the technical, design, and business needs for a new Slate. And as I noted at the time, the website was the testbed, but the goal was to tackle the project holistically for all the places Slate appears:
Slate is not simply our website. The site is one place where Slate...
In a Dec. 31 Slatest, Nick Greene misstated the halftime score of the Patriots-Jets game. It was 21–3 Patriots, not 20–3.
In a Dec. 29 Brow Beat, Sara Luterman misidentified the character Dr. Jared Kalu as Dr. Jared Balu. She also misspelled Chukuma Modu’s first name.
In a Dec. 28 Music Club, Ann Powers misstated the date of Jessi Zazu’s death. It was in September, not June.
In a Dec. 27 Future Tense blog post, Christina Bonnington misstated that the artificial intelligence program AlphaGo Zero had beaten the original AlphaGo program 100 to 1. It had beaten it 100 to 0.
Slate strives to correct all errors of fact. If you’ve seen an error in our pages, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. General comments should be posted in our Comments sections at the bottom of each article.
In a Jan. 5 Brow Beat, Chau Tu misspelled the last name of Columbia Business School’s Matthew Quint.
In a Jan. 5 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann understated the percentage of stocks owned by America's wealthiest families. NYU Economist Edward Wolffe's finding is that the top 10 percent of households own 84 percent of all stock, including stocks held in 401(k)s and IRAs.
In a Jan. 4 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled actress Laurie Metcalf’s last name.
In a Jan. 3 Brow Beat, Sarah Weinman misstated that the Sue Grafton character Henry lived in a converted garage. It was Kinsey Millhone who lived in the converted garage; Henry, her landlord, lived in the house.
In a Jan. 3 Movies, Andrew Kahn misidentified the rank of Star Wars character Holdo. She’s a vice admiral, not a general.
In a Jan. 1 Better Life Lab, Jessica Mason misstated that New Yorkers would pay a share of their paycheck into a state trust fund that would cover their future paid leave. The share of their paycheck pays for the insurance premium on policies that cover their future paid leave.
In a Dec. 14 Science, Neel V. Patel misstated that Boeing doesn't have lunar plans. Boeing has no surface lunar plans.
Slate strives to correct all errors of fact. If you’ve seen an error in our pages, let us know at email@example.com. General comments should be posted in our Comments sections at the bottom of each article.
In a Dec. 22 Future Tense, Lawrence Norden stated that a bipartisan election-security bill would help states purchase voting machines that process paper ballots or produce paper records of electronic votes. The bill does not include support to purchase these machines. It would provide money for machines that scan voter-marked paper ballots.
In a Dec. 21 Moneybox, Henry Grabar misstated that the corporate tax rate would be cut by 14 percent. It will be cut by 14 percentage points.
In a Dec. 21 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the Republican tax plan repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate in 2018. It repeals it in 2019.
In a Dec. 21 Science, Daniel Engber misstated that Polish laws enforce Holocaust denial. These laws prohibit the use of certain language to describe the Holocaust.
In a Dec. 21 Sports Nut, Ben Strauss misstated that John Emerson was an economics professor at Middlebury. He was a professor of mathematics. Also, a photo caption originally misstated when the image was taken. The photo showed the Wesleyan football running off the field at halftime, not running onto the field.
In a Dec. 20 Future Tense, Justin Peters misstated that the Ember Ceramic Mug incorporates a phase-change cooling system. It does not.
In a Dec. 20 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misstated that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax holds a tie-breaking vote in the Virginia House of Delegates. There is no official tie-breaking mechanism in the House of Delegates.
In a Dec. 19 Brow Beat, Sam Adams and Forrest Wickman misidentified the Wild Bunch...
For an upcoming story, we are trying to find people who served as jurors on a specific murder trial in Washington, D.C., in 1998.
The murder victim’s name was Robert Johnson. Officer Johnson was on the D.C. police force, though he was off-duty at the time of the crime.
The defendants’ names were Dominic Gibson and Maurice Douglas, two D.C. residents who were about 18 and 23 years old at the time of the trial. Both defendants were found guilty.
If you were on this jury, or know someone who might have been on this jury, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Murder Trial” in the subject line. Thanks for any assistance.
Due to an editing error, a Dec. 15 Jurisprudence misidentified Emily Murphy as Erin Murphy.
In a Dec. 15 Music, Fred Kaplan misidentified saxophonist Barney Wilen as Barney Wilson.
In a Dec. 12 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled Jordan Peele’s last name.
In a Dec. 12 Movies, Sam Adams misattributed a quote from The Last Jedi to Luke Skywalker. It is spoken by another character.
In a Dec. 12 Outward, Ben Miller misstated Miss J's gender identity.
In a Dec. 12 Science, Eleanor Cummins misidentified the author of a Slate article on autoimmune disorders. It was Jeremy Singer-Vine, not Jeremy Samuel Faust.
In a Dec. 11 Brow Beat, Laura Miller misspelled New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman’s last name.
Due to a production error, the photo caption in a Dec. 11 Interrogation misidentified Al Franken as a former Minnesota senator. Franken announced his intent to resign from Congress on Dec. 7 but was still a sitting senator at publication.
In a Dec. 11 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misspelled antitrust advocate Phillip Longman’s first name.
In a Dec. 11 Politics, Molly Olmstead misquoted Christian Smith, the president of the Bay Area Young Democrats, as saying the Alabama election was not “a referral on Trump.” She said, “This is not a referendum on Trump.”
In a Dec. 10 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misidentified the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse.
In a Dec. 8 Metropolis, Henry Grabar misstated that the Los Angeles homelessness survey does not account for people living in...
The team at Slate is in the midst of a project we refer to as Redux, an effort that includes almost every person at the magazine. For the website, the project involves a complete rewrite of our code and new design to implement at the same time.
Our goal is speed: Readers should be able to get to what they want quickly, writers should be able to swiftly publish their posts, and developers should be able to code with speed.
Rather than having a single big launch day, we’re going for an incremental approach to Redux. We want to bite off the smallest and thorniest problems one at a time, tackle them as quickly as possible, and fix other things as we go.
The team started with the Cover Stories that Slate publishes once a week, then moved to an article or two every day. Eventually we’ll be publishing all articles in the new system. Finally, we’ll start migrating old articles into Redux sometime next year.
Just recently, we hit a very significant milestone: a new URL.
As a web developer and product dabbler, I love URLs. URLs say a tremendous amount about an application’s structure, and their predictability is a testament to the elegance of the systems behind them. A good URL should let you play with it and find delightful new things as you do.
Each little piece of our new URL took a significant amount of planning and effort by the Slate tech team. Let’s break it down:
The next iteration of...
The success of Slate’s business rests primarily on three elements: an editorial product that helps readers and listeners to understand the world with fresh, thoughtful analysis and a distinctive voice; a loyal readership, many of whom now support Slate through our membership program; and advertisers who want to reach our audience and associate their brands with our own.
We believe it’s critically important to maintain a consistent strategy that aligns these three drivers of our business and that this must rely on a reading and listening experience that respects both our readers and our advertisers. That’s why Slate strives to be as smart about our advertising as we are about our editorial content.
The digital advertising industry has generally aimed to grab readers’ attention at any cost, even at the expense of reader experience. Many publications have forgotten what it means to create a valuable advertising experience, forcing readers to ignore ads or turn to ad blockers.
Slate has taken a different path. Earlier this year, the Coalition for Better Ads released new standards based on research on which types of ad experiences users found most disturbing and intrusive. Google announced that the Chrome browser, which accounts for the majority of web traffic, would soon begin to filter out ads that violated these standards. Because we had already established our own high standards internally, none of our ad experiences violate the standards Chrome is setting. This change will have no impact on Slate—except that it reduces the supply of low-quality...
In a Dec. 9 Technology, Matthew Dessem misspelled ABC News reporter Brian Ross’ first name.
In a Dec. 8 Brow Beat, Lila Thulin misspelled Katharine Ross’ first name.
In a Dec. 7 Movies, Dana Stevens misidentified Dawson City as a town in Alaska. Dawson City is in Canada. She also mistakenly implied that director Bill Morrison was a part of the recovery effort to dig up the lost films.
In a Dec. 7 Science, Will Oremus misstated that Santa Barbara County began measuring an Air Quality Index in 1999. It has been measuring an AQI for fine particulate matter since 1999 but had been measuring an Air Quality Index earlier. Also, due to an editing error, the headline misstated that Santa Barbara was upwind from the fires. It was downwind.
In a Dec. 7 Technology, April Glaser misstated that CloudFlare was one of the companies that severed ties with the Daily Stormer because it violated the firm's user agreement prohibiting hate speech. While CloudFlare did kick off the Daily Stormer, its user agreement doesn't prohibit hate speech.
In a Dec. 7 Video, Jon Kelvey misstated that a video about Christmas tree fires was produced by the National Fire Protection Association. It was produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Due to an editing error, the Dec. 6 The Gist misstated that Senate Democrats called on Franken to resign on Tuesday. The push began on Wednesday.
In a Dec. 6 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misstated that Neal Katyal was the former solicitor general. He served as...
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BEVERLY HILLS, California—Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a surprise honoree at the ACLU of Southern California’s annual "Bill of Rights Dinner" on Sunday, receiving the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award.
Kaepernick, whose public speaking appearances have been rare in recent months, remained unsigned this year after he spent last season protesting racial inequities in the criminal justice system by taking a knee during the national anthem.
“Our next honoree took a stand. He took a stand knowing he would risk his job. And he has lost his job, one that he loved and was supremely talented and skilled at,” executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, Hector Villagra, told a packed ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “He took a stand knowing that some would criticize him and he has been viciously and unfairly criticized.”
The protest movement Kaepernick sparked has gained the support of several other players. Kaepernick and these players have been fiercely criticized by President Donald Trump, who said league owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who protests. Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the league and teams for allegedly colluding to keep him out of the NFL for his protests.
Kaepernick’s appearance was a surprise and he received lengthy ovations both before and after his remarks—the opening ovation actually drowned out much of an introductory video describing Kaepernick’s work. Kaepernick has pledged to donate $1 million of his own money to social justice causes and has nearly reached that total, having...
The board of directors of health insurer Aetna approved its sale to drugstore chain operator CVS on Sunday in a massive deal that will amount to about $207 per share in cash and stock. The deal, which is valued at some $69 billion will the largest corporate acquisition of the year, according to Reuters. Although the purchase hasn’t been officially announced yet, several media outlets are reporting it as a done deal.
One of the keys to the deal is how CVS wants to use its network of low-cost clinics to save more than $1 billion on health care costs for Aetna’s approximately 23 million members. Plus, the combination of retail outlet and insurance provider means the company will likely be in a better position to negotiate lower prices on drugs. CVS could then become more of a “one-stop-shop for health care, a place where patients can get blood drawn, then see a nurse practitioner and pick up prescriptions,” notes AP.
The purchase comes at a time when the entire health sector is worried about how Amazon could shake up the sector’s once reliable business model. That is why the CVS purchase of Aetna could be the start of a trend as other companies may look at the move as a way to protect themselves from expected changes in the industry. “One of the problems with the health-care system is it’s so fragmented and there’s so little coordination,” Steve Kraus, who invests in health firms at Bessemer Venture Partners,...
It was only a few weeks ago that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appeared to draw a line in the sand when it came to GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is running in the December 12 special election. But now he appears to be making a clear switch with the intent of welcoming the former judge into the Senate even though numerous women have said he made sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers.
“I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call,” McConnell said on ABC’s This Week.
When asked whether the Senate could “take action” against Moore if he’s elected, McConnell washed his hands of the issue, saying it was up to the Senate Ethics Committee. “The Ethics Committee will have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign should that particular candidate win,” McConnell said. “The Ethics Committee will handle this in the regular ordered way that we do this in the Senate. And I'm confident they'll come up with the right conclusion.”
That marks quite the change from a few weeks ago when McConnell said that “Roy Moore should step aside” because “the women who’ve come forward are entirely credible.” Speaking at a press conference on Nov. 14, McConnell went even further, saying that Moore is “obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we’ve looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening.”
The apparent change of heart shouldn’t come...
Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California revealed Sunday that the Senate investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election could very well translate into an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump. “I think what we're beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think we see this in the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place, and some of the comments being made. I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets.”
The "four indictments and pleas" Feinstein is referring to how Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates were indicted in October while former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign advier George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the obstruction of justice case can be seen “most importantly” in the firing of James Comey as FBI director. “It is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to 'lift the cloud' of the Russia investigation. That's obstruction of justice,” she said.
Although her words are strong, Feinstein never actually says that there is an ongoing case against Trump, just that she’s looking at how things could develop. It is significant, though, that she appears to confirm the Judiciary Committee is looking into possible obstruction charges.
Feinstein also expressed increasing concern...
White House senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner made a public appearance in Washington on Sunday despite being at the center of several overlapping controversies that appear to have widened in recent days. At the Saban Forum, an annual conference on Middle East politics and the U.S.–Israel relationship organized by the Brookings Institution, Kushner studiously avoided saying anything controversial about recent events or anything even slightly newsworthy about his efforts to reach what his father-in-law has called the “ultimate deal.”
The biggest news might have been that Kushner showed up at all. His appearance came one day after former national security adviser Michael Flynn reached a plea agreement that appeared to implicate Kushner in his back-channel contacts with Russia during the transition. It’s been reported that Kushner was the “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team who directed Flynn to contact the ambassador from Russia and other countries about an impending U.N. vote on Israeli settlements last December. Kushner also reportedly played a role in the abortive ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week, which has now apparently been put on hold.
Despite all that, it was clear from the beginning that the onstage interview with the conference’s sponsor, Israeli American media mogul and philanthropist Haim Saban, wasn’t going to be tough sledding for Kushner. Acknowledging that Kushner has “been in the news, the last few days,” Saban thanked his guest for his lobbying on Israel’s behalf during the transition, saying, “as far as I...
President Donald Trump went on a an anti-FBI tweetstorm Sunday morning seizing on news that a veteran counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team due to anti-Trump text messages. The president said that “after years” of fired FBI director James Comey’s leadership, the FBI’s “reputation is in Tatters – worst in History!” But the commander in chief told supporters not to worry, because “we will bring it back to greatness.”
The president then went on to call the agent who was removed from Mueller’s team a “Tainted (no, very dishonest?)” FBI agent. He was referring to Peter Strzok, who sent text messages to another agent that were critical of Trump. Strzok was immediately removed from Mueller’s team following the revelation, the New York Times and Washington Post first reported on Saturday. Strzok wasn’t just any agent; he “is considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators” and “helped lead the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton had mishandled classified information on her private email account,” reports the New York Times.
As he commented on Strzok, Trump also retweeted two posts by Paul Sperry, a media fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, who called on the current FBI chief Christopher Wray to “clean house” at the bureau. Sperry also seized on the Strzok news to talk about the “politicization” of the FBI.
In case his message wasn’t clear, Trump wrote yet another tweet relating to Strzok. “Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON...
The pattern is now a cliché. Whenever President Donald Trump starts to feel pressure mount over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he launches an attack toward an opponent he beat more than a year ago. In a series of tweets, the commander in chief complained about how his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was prosecuted while Hillary Clinton was not. Flynn’s “life is destroyed” but nothing happens to Clinton, Trump wrote. “Rigged system, or just a double standard?”
Although Flynn pleaded guilty and the FBI said there was nothing in the evidence to recommend charges against Clinton, Trump said the cases were similar and criticized what he referred to as the “Justice” Department. “Many people in our Country are asking what the ‘Justice’ Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!” Trump wrote.
This was not the first time this week that Trump lashed out against his former opponent. Earlier in the week, the commander in chief dedicated several tweets to a claim by a former inspector general for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Charles McCullough, who says the release of Clinton’s emails would have harmed national security. He also claims there was a “coordinated” effort by the State Department and Clinton’s campaign to play down the importance of the emails. “Why aren’t our deep State authorities looking at this? Rigged &...