So… there’s going to be an update on This American Life tonight about a story they ran in January based on a stage play by Mike Daisey. To put it bluntly, as Ira Glass did on the TAL blog:
Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.
So much for my saying Daisey was telling a balanced story and that Glass and company were diligent about fact checking.
I’ll be curious to hear the show tonight.