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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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