Author realizes during on-air interview that portion of book is inaccurate

Author realizes during on-air interview that portion of book is inaccurate
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Author Naomi Wolf addressed an error at the center of her newly published book "Outrages" after appearing to realize during an on-air interview with BBC Radio that a portion was based on a misunderstanding.

Wolf's book, which focuses on 19th century laws and gay rights, mentioned a man named Thomas Silver who was "executed for sodomy" in 1859. She wrote in her book that there were "several dozen executions" of men accused of having sex with other men. 

However, during an interview that aired Thursday, BBC Radio host Matthew Sweet challenged the claim and pointed out that she based that portion of her book on a misunderstanding of the historic legal term "death recorded."

“I don’t think you’re right about this," Sweet says in the interview. "[Death recorded] doesn’t mean that he was executed. It was a category that was created in 1823 that allowed judges to abstain from pronouncing a sentence of death on any capital convict whom they considered to be a fit subject for pardon.


"I don’t think any of the executions you’ve identified here actually happened,” he added.

The interview then briefly pauses before Wolf responds: “Well, that’s a really important thing to investigate.”

Wolf, a former political adviser to Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreTrump's election fraud claims pose risks for GOP in midterms Don't 'misunderestimate' George W. Bush Why the pro-choice movement must go on the offensive MORE and former President Clinton, took to Twitter on Friday to address the issue, and to say her book, which is set to release next month, is being updated. Wolf also shared corrected information on executions mentioned in her book. 

Wolf and her publisher have argued that the overall thesis of her book holds true in light of the error and will be corrected.

“While HMH employs professional editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders for each book project, we rely ultimately on authors for the integrity of their research and fact-checking. Despite this unfortunate error we believe the overall thesis of the book ‘Outrages’ still holds. We are discussing corrections with the author,” publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in a statement.