I am very frustrated after listening to TAL’s retraction of Mike Daisy’s podcast. When I originally listened to his podcast, I guess I was a little too trusting, but the stories were full of what seemed to be personal details so I never considered questioning the validity of Mike’s story. There is no question that it was wrong of him to lie and make up stories that were blatantly untrue. Details of workers with repeated motion injuries, dorm rooms, and his emotional conversations with workers were all made up. And when Ira Glass and Rob Schmitz questioned Mike Daisy on specific details, it only became clearer that he was trying to defend and cover up his lies.
While this monologue has had good effects by drawing attention to the condition of workers in places such as Foxconn, Mike continuously contradicts himself in this second podcast. He said, “Yeah I think the truth always matters, truth is tremendously important. I don’t live in a subjective universe where everything is up for grabs. I really do believe that stories should be subordinate to the truth.” Mike’s intentions may have been good, but now that it has become public how fabricated his monologue is, he has been completely discredited. None of the working conditions can be defined as good or acceptable, certainly not by the standards that we are used to in America. This is especially true since the story about hexane that Mike Daisy told may not have happened at Foxconn, but it happened at another facility. Workers conditions are a serious issue, but this was not an appropriate way to try to affect change.