After listening to the podcast, I am more disappointed in “This American Life” than I am in Daisey. As a news station, listeners expect that they are hearing journalistic pieces […]
“I think you can trust my word in the context of the theater.” Apparently Mr. Daisey justifies his lies as art, but who am I to say he is wrong? During […]
I can honestly say that I did not look anything up about this podcast prior to my last blog, but in my last post I think I nailed it on […]
The Retraction revealing Mr. Daisey as a fake did not come as a huge surprise for me. In retrospect, the vivid description of angry guards armed with guns outside the […]
The goal of Mike Daisey’s performance was to draw attention to an issue he feels has not received its fair share of attention from the global media. I was not […]
In my last blog I claimed Mike Daisy might be lying when he said he spoke to underage workers when there could have been only a 0.0002 percent chance of […]
After listening to this podcast, I am even more conflicted than I was after listening to the first one. Throughout the podcast I felt awkward as Mr. Daisy struggled to […]
This scene is the most emotionally packed three minutes of one of the best-selling movies in history. It’s the final death of a star-crossed lover pulled from Rose […]
After listening to Mike Daisey’s podcast, I was conflicted and infuriated. I believed that his story was the truth and that a reputable radio show like This American Life would […]
As much as I enjoyed Mike Daisey’s theatrics in the first podcast (not sarcastically), I really enjoyed this podcast even more. It was absolutely enlightening and put me through a roller […]
I think that it is safe to say that this entire piece was flat out awkward and embarrassing. For anyone that had ever listened to the monologue by Mr. Daisey […]
After listening to The Retraction on This American Life, I was dumbfounded by how non-credible Mr. Daisey’s “story” regarding Apple’s factory and abuses. Listening to the facts, it is so clear that Mr. Daisey’s story is made up. Last week I was shocked to hear of all of Apple’s abuse of its factory workers. I questioned the legitimacy of Apple as a company of good morals. What I should have been questioning was the truth of Mr. Daisey’s account of Apple.
The Retraction podcast was published in order to get the truth regarding Apple and Mr. Daisey out there. It was a type of damage control for This American Life, as it was their fault that they did not check Mr. Daisey’s story well enough. But, who could blame them! Mr. Daisey’s story takes place on the other side of the world. It is still This American Life’s responsibility to ensure that the stories they publish are indeed true. It is the code of journalist standards to publish stories as accurately as possible.
Mr. Daisey’s story was not completely made up. He did meet with “Cathy Lee” to some extent. However, what she told Mr. Daisey and what was told directly to This American Life was different. Mr. Daisey made up facts and cited sources that never delivered these facts. For instance, Daisey claimed that Cathy told him about workers suffering from side effects that made workers hands shake, and even be unable to pick up a glass. The lack of consistency of his story and being unable to reach Cathy Lee or anyone who Mr. Daisey met with at the factory should have been a giant red flag that the story is false.
Ultimately, what is done is done; the story was published and the lies were spread. The important thing to take away from this example is that sources should always be checked for credibility. Current.org published a story regarding the story, the falsehood and how it could have been avoided. Current.org found that “Simple Googling had dug up what Daisey had hidden. Current goes on to cite several instances where Mr. Daisey’s claims could be proven false via google search. For example, Mr. Daisey’s claim regarding the armed guards at the factory. Current goes on to mention that the biggest mistake in terms of fact checking was that This American Life failed to speak to Cathy Lee before the show aired. Mr. Daisey claimed it was impossible to speak to “Cathy Lee.” But, we know that Cathy Lee was located and spoken too for the retraction podcast.
Mr. Daisey’s story and This American Life are both at fault. Mr. Daisey should have told This American Life that his facts were not true. However, Mr. Daisey wanted to appear more credible. This American Life should have checked the story before airing it. I think This American Life made an error as they are a powerful news source and are expected to publish the truth. This American Life should have protected themselves better. There are a lot of crazy people in this world who will say anything but the truth. Therefore, the facts must always be checked.
I should have known from the opening lines of the original podcast that Mr. Daisey was merely putting on a performance. I don’t typically associate journalists with Hawaiian shirts; it […]
Last week I commented on one of my classmate’s blog stating that Mr. Daisy seems to be exaggerating some of the stories. Again, I am not surprised. He is an […]
When is it acceptable to lie? If your name happens to be Mike Daisey, the answer is a resounding “whenever the hell I want.” I am no stranger to the […]