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Mike Daisey Nothing In Controversy That Contests The Facts In My Work About Nature Of Chinese Manufacturing

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Mike Daisey Nothing In Controversy That Contests The Facts In My Work About Nature Of Chinese Manufacturing, The decline of American manufacturing employment is an important topic. The nature of America’s trade relationship with China should receive serious discussion. The conditions faced by the workers who make our iPhones and iPads matter immensely. They deserve rigorous inquiry. They do not deserve Mike Daisey.

A quick recap for those readers who may have missed the story: This American Life, a weekly public-radio show, ran a story by the monologist Mike Daisey who claimed to have visited Apple factories in China and uncovered grievous abuses of its workers.

 However, it turns out that Daisey fabricated large portions of his segment-details like scary security guards carrying guns (only the military and the police are allowed firearms in China); meeting with workers as young as 12; interviewing workers who claimed to be poisoned by an iPhone screen cleaner; and much more. This American Life recently apologized for not fact-checking the work properly and retracted the story.

Daisey has rightfully faced a hailstorm of criticism for his shoddy work. He has responded to this criticism, not surprisingly, in a manner both shallow and self-serving; he still contends that ”there is nothing in this controversy that contests the facts in my work about the nature of Chinese manufacturing.”

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