Gallery: Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Facto...


On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass, broadcast a story narrated by performance artist and monologuist Mike Daisey. Details about armed factory guards, underage factory workers, and poisoning by chemicals like n-hexane led to even sharper outcry against conditions at factories operated by Foxconn, Apple’s largest supplier of electronics. Within weeks after the January broadcast, the maker of the iPads and iPhones allowed journalists to visit assembly lines in China, joined the Fair Labor Association, released a list of suppliers and announced that it would audit the conditions of factories within its supply chain.

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  1. Hyncharas March 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I doubt it was a total lie; given how economically secure China actually is, they probably just had the resources to sort out the peoblems before the press even set foot in Apple’s factory.

    We might have been witness to a different story had their been an onsite visit within a couple of days of the report, but since there wasn’t, I guess we’ll never know.

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