Mike Daisy fabricated and exaggerated facts and stories that he came across while visiting different Apple manufacturing plants in China in 2010. Furthermore, he then took this false information and made it available for the public to use and continue to spread. Daisy then attempts to justify his story by saying that he is not a journalist and he regrets framing his story under a journalistic facade. That should not be accepted by the American public or the radio station that Daisy used. Ira Glass was absolutely justified in his in his anger with Daisy. As someone who risked his own career by legitimizing Daisy as a source for his show, he has every right to be upset. Daisy lied. Daisy lied and then continued to call his lie ‘art’ instead of admitting that he was in the wrong. By cloaking his monologue as art he can say it didn’t need to be as factually correct as a real journalistic article.
I think Mike Daisy was an unethical liar. He took truths and exaggerated them for an audience because the truth wasn’t enough. That’s ethically wrong. Lying about an issue as important as worker’s rights in technology factories is ethically unsound. He wanted their stories to be heard and for them to have rights, but he went about it in a morally unsound manner. The truth that he encountered on his trip should have been enough. His lies now affect how, at least I personally, view journalism. What else has been fabricated for the sake of a good story? When I read a newspaper article or listen to the radio, I expect to hear the facts. Depending on where I tune into, I realize that biases exist, but a bias is different than a blatant lie. It sheds a dark light onto journalism to know that people can lie to the public so easily.