Controversy swept across the airwaves Friday, as an episode of the popular public radio program “This American Life” is being pulled from the archives as a result of new insights showing one of the program's featured guests lied about the subject matter.
What was the subject matter, you ask? Apple - and, in particular, the supposedly horrific working conditions found at Foxconn. “Significant fabrications” were told during the broadcast, the producers of the show revealed today.
Airing in January, the 39-minute story by Mike Daisey helped create a media firestorm over alleged abuses at the Foxconn factory. “This American Life” says it has become the show’s most popular podcast, downloaded 880,000 times.
“We’re horrified to have let something like this onto public radio,” Ira Glass, the show's host wrote on a blog post today. “Many dedicated reporters and editors — our friends and colleagues — have worked for years to build the reputation for accuracy and integrity that the journalism on public radio enjoys. It’s trusted by so many people for good reason. Our program adheres to the same journalistic standards as the other national shows, and in this case, we did not live up to those standards.”
In a blog shared Friday, Daisey said: “I stand by my work.”
To read a comprehensive recount of how this all went down, check out today's report from The New York Times.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Apple Insider