Yet another twist in the saga over Apple’s operations in China. Popular public radio program “This American Life” has retracted a story about the tech giant’s Chinese manufacturing, entitled Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory, which was broadcast in January. The story contains an excerpt from Mike Daisey’s one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, in which Daisey talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products. “This American Life”, however, says that Daisey’s story contained “significant fabrications.”
“We're retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth,” explained “This American Life” host Ira Glass, in a blog posting on Friday.
Glass explained that the China correspondent for the public radio show “Marketplace” tracked down the interpreter that Daisey hired when he visited the city of Shenzhen in China. “The interpreter disputed much of what Daisey has been saying on stage and on our show,” added the host. “On this week’s episode of This American Life, we will devote the entire hour to detailing the errors in Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory."
“Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast,” noted Glass. “That doesn't excuse the fact that we never should've put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.”
The blog posting and a press release explaining the decision to retract the story can be found here.
Daisey, who has been performing his critically acclaimed monologue at the Public Theater in New York, has not yet responded to TheStreet’s request for comment on this story.