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2012/03/17

"This American Life" Retracted Apple/China Episode -WSJ

-Journalistic Malpractice!  

Producers of the public-radio program "This American Life" retracted an episode of one of its broadcasts that had been critical of Apple Inc.'s manufacturing practices in China, saying that it contained "significant fabrications."
http://youtu.be/qSTW5dHCBI0

From the ChinaStories Editors:  


This is a classic story of the corruptness of American Media.  NPR and TAL wanted this story to be true.  They wanted to make Apple look bad and in turn wanted Capitalism to look bad.  They've been bitten and retracting is just a start.  Nobody should blame Mike Daisy, nobody should blame Apple or Foxconn.  The blame should be all on NPR and TAL who are completely responsible for using an actor and writer to tell a news story.  If anything, this should inform TAL listeners (and there's a lot of them) that what they listen to on this show isn't always true.  Sad really.  It taints all the future shows.  Big question: Are all the programs who aired segments with Mike Daisy going to also retract their shows and apologize to their viewers???  Look down at the bottom of the post where Mike Daisy speaks on the media with BILL MAHER only last month!!!  

From TAL:
"We've discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China. Marketplace'sChina correspondent Rob Schmitz discovered the fabrications.

Ira also talks with Mike Daisey about why he misled This American Life during the fact-checking process. And we end the show separating fact from fiction, when it comes to Apple's manufacturing practices in China.

A full transcript of this episode is available here.

Rob Schmitz, a Shanghai-based reporter for Marketplace, tracks down and interviews Cathy Lee, Mike Daisey's interpreter on his trip to Shenzhen, China, and the Foxconn factory. In her interview with Rob, Cathy disputes much of what Daisey has been telling theater audiences since 2010 and much of what he said on the radio. Rob also talks to Mike Daisey about Cathy's version of the trip and tries to square the two accounts. (21 minutes).

Show about the retracted show March 16, 2012

---------added 2pm 3/17/2012-------

From Daily Caller:
“THIS AMERICAN LIFE is essentially a journalistic ­— not a theatrical ­— enterprise, and as such it operates under a different set of rules and expectations,” said Daisey. “But this is my only regret.”
That This American Life is a “journalistic enterprise” is “debatable,” Slate’s Forrest Wickman wrote. The show has a history of featuring fictional works and a “mostly bunk” story by author and pop economist Malcom Gladwell in 2008, Wickman wrote.
This American Life’s home station, WBEZ, also announced that it canceled a previously scheduled live presentation of Daisey’s monologue and would refund ticket purchases to the show.
Tons more at: http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/16/radio-shows-foxconn-story-retracted-due-to-fabrications-by-author/#ixzz1pOiWnnDA

American Thinker  "NPR show forced to retract Apple hit piece"
Twitchy - Collection of Twitter stuff.

From February 1, 2011

Mike Daisy on his monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
http://youtu.be/rPnoB4LzB8g

2/6/2012 Mike Daisey on Real Time with Bill Maher

Mike Daisey, creator of THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, talks with Bill Maher about Apple's human rights violations in China, where thousands toil making iPhones and iPads in miserable working conditions while Apple realizes record-shattering profits. Learn more at http://mikedaisey.com/
http://youtu.be/iebnHvxKqlY
April 25, 2011 Monologist Mike Daisey Our guest is monologist Mike Daisey, whose latest work is "The Agony and The Ectasy of Steve Jobs."
http://youtu.be/SGvZNl1Qpis


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