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Apple critic Mike Daisey stands by Foxconn iPad factory story

ipad2_121511_optBY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Mike Daisey is not going away quietly.

The vocal Apple critic stands by the assertions he made in the This American Life radio program, even after the popular NPR show retracted the episode in which Daisey claims that iPads and iPhones are manufactured under abusive working condition.

“We've discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications,” the This American Life website states. “This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China. Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz discovered the fabrications.”

This past Friday’s episode of This American Life examined how the fabrications were uncovered. Host Ira Glass then interviews a clearly uncomfortable, sometimes combative, sometimes regretful Daisey.

Later however, a seemingly unrepentant Daisey struck back in his blog.

“Many consider this week’s This American Life episode one of the most painful they’ve ever listened to. In particular the segment with me is excruciating—four hours of grilling edited down to fifteen minutes,” he writes. “I thought the dead air was a nice touch, and finishing the episode with audio pulled out of context from my performance was masterful.”

Daisey did acknowledge that some of the assertions he made in the radio show and his one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, were fabrications. However, he is not backing down.

“You certainly don’t need to listen to me. Read the New York Times reporting,” he writes. “Listen to the NPR piece that ran just last week in which workers at an iPad plant go on record saying the plant was inspected by Apple just hours before it exploded, and that the inspection lasted all of ten minutes.”

Daisey’s show, which ended its run in New York’s Public Theatre this past Sunday, is scheduled to play in venues in the U.S. and England in the coming months.

 

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