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American radio show retracts 'significantly fabricated' story on Apple workers in China

Washington, Sat, 17 Mar 2012 ANI

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): A popular radio show "This American Life" has retracted an episode broadcast in January about working conditions inside Apple's Chinese factory, saying the report contained "significant fabrications."


"We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China, which we broadcast in January-contained significant fabrications," Ira Glass, host and executive producer of the show, said in a statement online.


"We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth," Glass added.


The report, excerpted from Daisey's one-man theatrical piece, "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs", contained numerous errors both small and large, Glass said.


The number of factories Daisey visited in China was listed incorrectly, for example, as well as the number of workers he spoke with.


"This American Life" said that Daisey's claims to have met a group of workers who were poisoned on an iPhone assembly line by a chemical called n-hexane was a bigger error.


Daisey, however, stands by his work, stating that the newscast was intended not as news or journalism, but as entertainment.


"My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge," Daisey wrote in on his blog.


"It uses a combination of fact, memoir and dramatic license to tell its story, and I believe it does so with integrity," he added. (ANI)


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