Mike Daisey's Really Sorry —for Real This Time

Performer 'failed to honor the contract with audiences' in Apple exposé
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 5:57 PM CDT
Ira Glass, host of "This American Life," smiles in this Feb. 5, 2007 file photo. He was not smiling during last weekend's retraction of the Mike Daisey story on Apple.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg,File)
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(Newser) – Mike Daisey, the writer/performer at the heart of a controversy over the Apple exposé that proved riddled with what he later termed "theater," is now contrite for his fabrications, reports the LA Times. The man behind the one-man-show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, apologized on his blog, saying he "failed to honor the contract I'd established with my audiences over many years and many shows. In doing so, I not only violated their trust, I also made worse art."

Daisey is currently dominating Ira Glass' list of people he'd like to meet in a dark alley after This American Life was forced earlier this month to run a retraction of a much-lauded story it ran on Daisey's work. Just in case that dark-alley meeting ever occurs, Daisey included Glass in his mea culpa: "I would also like to apologize to the journalists I gave interviews to in which I exaggerated my own experiences. 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." Click for more on why Daisey's lies weren't cool.

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