After hearing the retraction of the story and what Mike Daisy had to say, I feel as though nothing had changed for me. For starters, they make it clear that even though he personally did not experience these things they did happen. At the same time, by doing his monologue he was able to convey these facts to the public on a wide scale. Where Mike Daisy ran into trouble was the fact that he claimed that he experienced them all himself. All he had to do with his monologue was preface it by stating that it was a compilation of his own personal experiences along with those which he had read about. In this way he would have been exonerated from all blame and fraud. He could have still had all of the fame and prestige by carrying this message due to his unique ability to tell a good story which is why the story resonated with so many people and not because of the events themselves.
However, this story does speak to the lower standard of journalism and reporting in our country, It seems as though anyone can get up on a soap box and preach and people will listen and respond. However, it is only much later that people fact check and the truth comes out. However, at that point it is too late. By the time this story was retracted Mike Daisy had made all of his money from appearances and fees and so did the podcast. The slight loss of credibility does not negate the money made in the mean time. I believe that this is a function of the competitiveness and intensity of the media coverage in today’s society where with 24/hr news coverage, twitter and the internet, information is shared before it is ever verified and a story simply becomes too big not to discuss even if it is just a rumor.