TAL retracts story on Chinese Apple factories

Jeff Hargarten

Public Radio International set the record straight Friday on its previous report regarding working conditions in Apple, Inc.’s Chinese factories.

PRI's “This American Life” news magazine had broadcast a very popular show featuring theatrical performer Mike Daisey in January. In the monologue, Daisey recounted his trip to visit the Foxconn plant in China where Apple makes its iPads and described terrible conditions for the workers, some of which he claimed were under-aged.

It was revealed later that Daisey fabricated many of his experiences and PRI has since retracted the story about the working conditions in Apple’s Chinese factories. “This American Life” devoted its entire Friday show to unraveling the mess and journalist Ira Glass grilled Daisey about his deceptions.

Other bloggers and journalists have since come out and professed they were duped by Daisey, who has given many media interviews and contributed op-eds to The New York Times, which the paper has since edited.

The actor has since received a standing ovation in New York City for his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” and has challenged the Chinese translator TAL tracked down to discredit his story.

Apple's stock has been rising despite the controversies.