This American Life has just released its latest episode, where host Ira Glass confronts Mike Daisey about lies in Daisey's now-retracted report about working conditions at Apple manufacturer Foxconn, which aired on TAL in January.
In the episode, Glass explained the reasoning behind the retraction thusly:
As best as we can tell, Mike's monologue in reality is a mix of things that actually happened when he visited China and things that he just heard about or researched, which he then pretends that he witnessed first hand… And the most powerful and memorable moments in the story all seem to be fabricated.
Daisey's defense was that his monologue, "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," is "true in the context of the theatre," which Glass felt was "a really hedgy answer."
Also appearing on the show was Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz, who explained how he confirmed the fabrications in the Apple story by tracking down the interpreter who accompanied Daisey on his factory visits.
Glass concluded the discussion by saying that, although Daisey shouldn't have lied to This American Life's fact-checkers, the show also shouldn't have run the episode before checking Daisey's story with the interpreter.