This American Life retracts ‘Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory’ episode

This American Life, a popular radio program, has retracted a popular episode entitled “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory.” The episode garnered attention for supposedly offering insight into Apple’s factories. Well, as it turns out, it didn’t, and parts of that episode were made up.

This American Life had this to say:

Regrettably, we have discovered that one of our most popular episodes was partially fabricated. This week, we devote the entire hour to detailing the errors in “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” Mike Daisey’s story about visiting Foxconn, an Apple supplier factory in China. Rob Schmitz, a reporter for Marketplace, raises doubts on much of Daisey’s story.

Mr. Daisey took to his blog to say:

What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism. For this reason, I regret that I allowed THIS AMERICAN LIFE to air an excerpt from my monologue. THIS AMERICAN LIFE is essentially a journalistic – not a theatrical ­- enterprise, and as such it operates under a different set of rules and expectations.

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