American Life retracts partially fabricated story about Foxconn factory

Radio program “This American Life” has retracted a “partially fabricated” story about author and actor Mike Daisey’s visit to a Foxconn factory in China.

The retraction was announced in a blog post written by show host Ira Glass.

"We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth," Glass wrote. "This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey’s acclaimed one-man show ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products."

The episode, which details harsh working conditions in factories where employees assemble popular Apple devices, inspired a high-profile petition on Soon after, Apple announced that it had enlisted the Fair Labor Association to investigate worker conditions inside Chinese supplier factories, including several owned by Foxconn.


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Posted on March 16, 2012

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    Dang it, I really liked that episode
  3. thecheekylibertarian said: Woooooowww…
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