The Agony and the Dishonesty of Mike Daisey’s Apple Story

By now you’ve heard the liar, liar, pants on fire that is Mike Daisey. NewsHour also spoke with him last year. Here’s the interview

Jeff Brown: You sort of go undercover here to China, to the town - the city, right, of Shenzhen, to a major factory where a lot of these gadgets are made. And you find things, as you tell us, underage workers, people working extensively long hours in bad conditions. 

Mike Daisey: Yeah, and I’d like to think I’m not naive. I expected conditions to be hard. We all had a feeling, we don’t know the details, but we know it’s not good in China. But I didn’t expect the widespread almost casual dehumanization of the amount of, really, almost callow brutality. 

Turns out, Mike Daisey was lying about certain details about what he actually saw in China. In this weekend’s This American Life, Daisey comes clean to Ira Glass:

"I’m not going to say that I didn’t take a few shortcuts in my passion to be heard. But I stand behind the work. My mistake, the mistake I truly regret, is that I had it on your show as journalism, and it’s not journalism. It’s theater."


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A visitor takes a picture on an iPad of a statue of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at Graphisoft Park in Budapest, Hungary.

The six-and-a-half-foot bronze statue by Erno Toth depicts Jobs with his trademark turtleneck shirt, jeans, sneakers and round glasses. It was erected last week in a business park that hosts several IT companies, including Graphisoft, which Apple has supported since 1984 when Jobs saw it at an expo, according to the company.

Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images.

A visitor takes a picture on an iPad of a statue of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at Graphisoft Park in Budapest, Hungary.

The six-and-a-half-foot bronze statue by Erno Toth depicts Jobs with his trademark turtleneck shirt, jeans, sneakers and round glasses. It was erected last week in a business park that hosts several IT companies, including Graphisoft, which Apple has supported since 1984 when Jobs saw it at an expo, according to the company.


Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images.

Mark Shields, David Brooks and Hari Sreenivasan:
"Siri, what is ‘The Doubleheader’"
Around the 7:30 mark in this video

Mark Shields, David Brooks and Hari Sreenivasan:

"Siri, what is ‘The Doubleheader’"

Around the 7:30 mark in this video

What we’re watching in the newsroom today:a segment from the April 5, 1985 edition of the “MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour”, that examines Apple Computer and “Steven Jobs.”

First line: “Tonight, we focus on an apple. Apple the computer, not the fruit.”

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Steve Jobs Must-Reads: Reflections, Tributes, Photos and Webcomics
(Photo: Notes of condolence for Steve Jobs at an Apple store in Hong Kong. LAURENT FIEVET AFP/Getty)

Steve Jobs Must-Reads: Reflections, Tributes, Photos and Webcomics

(Photo: Notes of condolence for Steve Jobs at an Apple store in Hong Kong. LAURENT FIEVET AFP/Getty)

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To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

"

Steve Jobs announced his third medical leave in the past decade in January. Our story from January here.

Reblog:

Text of resignation letter by former Apple CEO STEVE JOBS.

(via the Wall Street Journal)

(Source: inothernews)

Half of the internet seems to be broken today, so we’ve found the perfect thing to take up your time!
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Half of the internet seems to be broken today, so we’ve found the perfect thing to take up your time!

iphonetrackmaps:

Share your iPhone map with us and tell us a quick story to go along with it. We have some prizes (NewsHour mug, anyone?) for the most interesting maps and stories you’ve got. Submit them here 

Because if they’re tracking you already, why not have some fun with it?

Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports from the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, where some factory workers say they’ve been poisoned by exposure to a toxic chemical while working at an Apple iPhone assembly plant.

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Workers in China: ‘Your iPhone Cost Us Our Health’

A group of employees of a supplier involved in the production of iPhones say that toxic fumes from the process poisoned them, with ongoing effects. Apple maintains that “all affected workers have been treated successfully.”

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