Mike Daisey

Ten days after being put in an unflattering spotlight after public radio’s This American Life retracted its story about him, playwright Mike Daisey has posted a public apology on his blog.

Daisey, whose one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” both raised awareness of issues at plants operated by Apple device manufacturer Foxconn, and ire at how fictional elements were mixed with fact when he was off stage, said he was reminded of an exchange he had with Seattle radio host Luke Burbank at a year ago.

In that exchange, Daisey quotes himself as saying to KIRO-FM’s Burbank, “If there’s ever a case where I’m telling the story and I find the facts are inconvenient, 9 times out of 10 it means I haven’t thought about the story deeply enough.”

Daisey, in his post late Sunday, goes on to apologize for having “failed to honor the contract” he has with his audiences. By doing so, he said, he “made worse art.”

“I would also like to apologize to the journalists I gave interviews to in which I exaggerated my own experiences,” he added. “In my drive to tell this story and have it be heard, I lost my grounding. Things came out of my mouth that just weren’t true, and over time, I couldn’t even hear the difference myself.”

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  • Guest

    Dear Mike,

    Apologize. I understand that you would like to. Do it.

    Your former fans

  • http://twitter.com/GlennF Glenn Fleishman

    All I can say to this is: “bah.” Mike has hit the point at which he realized that his theatrical partners and colleagues, who defended him initially, have started to understand quite how mendacious he has been, such as requiring theatres to put a “this is a work of non-fiction” label on programs, etc.

    Mike mentioned but did not link to the Truth in the Theatre podcast, which I found very powerful. Here’s the link to the podcast. Further, he doesn’t mention the artistic director of the Public Theatre releasing a fairly severe statement, more or less recanting the Public Theatre’s initial statement last week. The statement is linked (as a PDF) from the podcast page.

    The apology strikes me as the last resort. He threw everybody else under the bus and it keeps coming. He’s thrown himself under it, and it may still go on rolling.

    The apology strikes me as insincere.

    • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

      All good points, Glenn. It almost seems to be that Daisey has some full circle. Initially, he seemed to apologize when Ira Glass confronted him with the facts uncovered in the This American Life investigation. But he apparently backed off over the following week. Now it’s a return, in writing, to what reads as an apology.

      Be interesting if this is the period at the end of the sentence, or just a semi-colon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still waiting to hear that he has apologized to David Pogue for this awful bit of self righteous BS:


  • John

    How about apologizing to Apple, Mr. Daisey. They’ve been gracious enough not to sue your lyin’ ass.

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