Mike Daisey urges focus on the 'bigger story' of global manufacturing

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Mike Daisey has released a statement on his official blog urging critics to focus on the bigger story of the nature of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing, rather than his admission that he fabricated important parts of his one-man show.

“If you think this story is bigger than that story, something is wrong with your priorities,” writes Daisey, whose The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs addresses working conditions of Apple employees in Chinese sweatshops. The off-Broadway production was the focus of a segment on Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, which has since been retracted after word circulated that the show was in fact a mix of fact and fiction.

On his blog, Daisey continued:

“You certainly don’t need to listen to me. Read the New York Times reporting. 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 10 minutes.

If people want to use me as an excuse to return to denialism about the state of our manufacturing, about the shape of our world, they are doing that to themselves.”

Daisey goes on to apologize to his audiences, whom he “owes the most to,” and asserts that he will continue to bring light to the subject matter, even as he faces critical backlash:

“I believe the truth is vitally important. I continue to believe that. I believe that I will answer for the things I have done. I told Ira that story should always be subordinate to the truth, and I still believe that. Sometimes I fall short of that goal, but I will never stop trying to achieve it.”

While some have argued that Daisey’s main points should not be ignored because of the controversy, others believe that his embellishments have already tainted the issue’s credibility and will set back progress on the working conditions of Chinese factories.

Read more:
Mike Daisey restructures show after ‘This American Life’ controversy
‘This American Life’ retracts Apple factory story
EW Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs


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