My sister informs me that Mike Daisey is such an primadonna entitled dick in real life that stage crews at his shows despise him.
I can definitely see that. And while it’s no excuse, he’s pretty damn good at what he does. Sounds a lot like the guy his latest monologue is about.
I’m not surprised that Daisey’s story (which I heard some of when it was broadcast and listened to the remainder the next day on the podcast) ended up fabricated. Mostly because I don’t picture Mike Daisey as being driven enough to do the work he claims to have put in on the story—he’s an entertainer, who does his real work on a stage, not in information-gathering.
It should be noted that, in sprite of Daisey’s story being potentially a pack of lies, working conditions at FoxConn are not anywhere near western standards for pay, safety, overtime, unions, etc. And they’re not “pleasant” by any measure you might come up with—anyone who’s spent time in ANY factory looking at ANY assembly line would know that.
However, if you have a point worth making, you ought to be able to make it without resorting to fabricating your facts. This is as true whether you’re engaging in pure journalism, or mere editorializing.