Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote a column in December attacking Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for children. Jonathan Stein and Rebecca Vallas of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia sent a memo to the Public Editor of the Times complaining that Kristof's column was inaccurate and unprofessional. Kristof has responded, publishing the Stein and Vallas memo. I find that memo devastating. You can judge for yourself how well Kristof responds but I think one point needs to be made. Kristof asserts that he talked with proponents of SSI benefits for children. However, if you talk with those proponents, you're almost certain to be referred to Jonathan Stein. He's the one person you need to talk with if you want to talk with a proponent of SSI child's benefits. That's just a fact. Stein has done other things but SSI childs' benefits has been his beat for decades. Clearly, Kristof never talked with Stein before publishing his column. For that reason alone, I have to call Kristof's research shallow.