YOU HAVE NOW! I agree with many of the other posts when commenting that this Podcast was painful to listen to. After being so moved by the first piece, I found myself disgusted with Mike Daisey. He has lied to ever person that has listened to, downloaded, and read about his rather famous piece. I felt lied to. I was completely enraptured in his fictitious tale and hearing Cathy and reporters prove fact after fact to be incorrect, I was almost embarrassed for Mike Daisey. This Podcast made him look entirely incredible, and for lack of a better term, like an idiot.
I was first appalled about Mike Daisey’s efforts to keep his translator, Cathy, away from the public. He lies to say that he wanted to shield herself from media attention, but in fact he knew that she could prove his falsities. She was there, heard the stories, saw the action, and could testify that most of what Mr. Daisey claims to be ongoing and true, it in fact a lie. When Cathy was contacted, she hadn’t been aware that the story was published, or how much she had been incorrectly quoted. She was able to go through the script and separate what truly happened from fabrications. I agree that TAL should have checked with her before every publishing the story. Of course a professional actor/story teller wants to put a riveting spin on the truth – that is their job. His credentials should have been a flashing red light of caution when the story was ever heard. The tale is so moving, that people want to believe its true. When in fact, even the most moving aspects of the piece, are fabricated.
One thing in particular that resonated with me from the original piece was Mike Daisey’s encounters with underaged employees. Mike Daisey still recalls that he met a group of underaged workers, while Cathy says this is not true. She says that Daisey may have assumed their age based on looks but they didn’t meet a group of girls that were definitely underaged. In Daisey’s account he says he met a twelve year old girl, but admits that this is not true.
I found a ABC reported segment where a reporter actually entered and got footage of Foxconn and met many workers. He commented on how young the workers are but immediately says that the workers are not thirteen like you hear in horror stories of the factory (like Daisey’s account), but instead seventeen and eighteen. http://abcnews.go.com/watch/nightline/SH5584743/VD55173552/nightline-221-apples-chinese-factories-exclusive. Although this is still a young age, it is legal. Mike Daisey seems to have fabricated this encounter with a group of workers of such a young age.
The ABC report above shows the factory that Daisey talks about and givers viewers an inside look. I was very surprised when I watched the segment because it was not at all like the image Mike Daisey had conjured in my mind. While the conditions aren’t spectacular, and I am not dying to work there – it seems like he embellished every detail possible to get an emotional stir from his audience.