Radio program "This American Life" (TAL) has retracted a "partially fabricated" storyabout author and actor Mike Daisey's visit to Foxconn factories in China.
The retraction was announced on Friday (the same day that Apple's latest iPad went on sale) in a blog post by show host Ira Glass. "We're horrified to have let something like this onto public radio," wrote Glass.
The blog post said that Daisey's story about Foxconn's massive Shenzen factory "contained significant fabrications."
"We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth," Glass continued. "This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey's acclaimed one-man show 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,' in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products."
The episode, titled "Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory," aired on January 6 and detailed harsh working conditions in factories where employees assemble popular Apple devices and was excerpted from Daisey's one-man stage performance "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." Daisey claims to have met with underage workers, as well as workers suffering from Hexane poisoning. TAL's airing of the episode was a huge hit with audiences and was downloaded over 888,000, according to a press release attached to Glass' blog post on Friday. Read more: