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Redux on Tsk Tsk Grey Lady

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Blog, Featured Home Page Post

Back in October, we criticized Nicholas Kristof’s article “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy” on this blog and in the Huffington Post for misrepresenting how the SSI childhood disability program works and its impact on child recipients and their families.  We weren’t the only ones to take Mr. Kristof to task.  This week we learned that the New York Times Public Editor also was critical.  Public Editor Margaret Sullivan noted the article “would have benefited from more rigorous reporting.”  Ms. Sullivan further stated that some of Kristof’s assertions were “based on too little direct evidence or used statistical information that is, at the very least, open to interpretation.”  Finally, a huge tip of the hat goes to Jonathan Stein and Rebecca Vallas, attorneys at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, for their dogged work in response to Kristof’s piece.

Tom Yates, Health & Disability Advocates

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