Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Agony and Ecstasy of Mike Daisey

A couple of months ago, I linked to an episode on "This American Life" called "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory". Apparently, it went on to become the most downloaded episode in the program's history.

Well, turns out, Mr. Daisey made stuff up.

In his defense, he argues that he is a theater person, not a journalist, but that strikes me as being at least somewhat disingenuous. It must not be forgotten that many of the claims he makes in the episode have been reported elsewhere. They may still be true. However, this does not help our disappointment upon learning that his "first-person" account was a fabricated exaggeration of a third-person news-story.

To his credit, Ira Glass devoted the entire episode of "This American Life" to the retraction.

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