Mike Daisey (Partially) Fabricated the Foxconn Story

The Internet all but imploded this morning after Public Radio International show This American Life issued a retraction for what had been one of its most popular shows ever, “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory.” It turned out that playwright Mike Daisey at least partially fabricated the story of his trip to Shenzhen to investigate execrable labor conditions at Apple’s Foxconn factory, where many of of the companies products are manufactured. Reporter Rob Schmitz of American Public Media’s Marketplace has combed through the story and raised many doubts about Daisey’s anecdotes. This American Life will devote its entire program this weekend to Schmitz’ findings — the broadcast is currently embargoed on the station’s website. However, you can read Schmitz’ account here.

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