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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Media news derivatives: March 20

In case you missed it---In a presentation at Georgetown University, embattled monologuist Mike Daisey defends the “essential truth” of his monologue “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” In passionate outbursts, Daisey expressed his frustration with the media, noting that he was fighting against the tendency of the news cycle to leave behind the story of terrible working conditions in Chinese facilities that produce Apple devices.

Also: Does Daisey deserve credit for being grilled by Ira Glass and Rob Schmitz for the retraction edition of “This American Life”?

Elsewhere:

*Sean Hannity notes that first lady Michelle Obama appeared on the Letterman show despite the fact that Letterman in 2009 made a crude joke about the family of Sarah Palin.

*Poynter asks what questions the retraction episode of “This American Life” left unanswered. Just a few of them:

— What, specifically, is the fact-checking process at “This American Life”? Does this apply to all stories? If not, which ones?

— As this show was being produced, did staffers have an opportunity to raise concerns about the reliability of Daisey’s account? Would their input have mattered?

— Besides the decision to go forward without hearing from the translator, has the staff found other specific failings in its editorial process?

Good on Poynter for pushing on these fronts. It reached out to “This American Life” for answers, but the show has been too deluged with requests to respond. I got the same non-response, which is quite understandable given the level of media interest in it all. Though Poynter, as per usual, asks good questions, my sense is that revamping editorial procedures at “This American Life” might just be a waste of time. For when Mike Daisey wants to convince somebody of something, he generally prevails.

*More Poynter! Andrew Beaujon takes aim at whether the nonprofit Texas Tribune is really a bad thing for journalism, as Stephen Robert Morse is — somehow — claiming. I started to do a thorough recap of this entire “issue,” but then I found Morse’s premise to be just too shaky to warrant a further look. Its only merit is to watch Texas journalists in a baseless media spat.

*The great Steve Wozniak throws his support behind Mike Daisey:

In an interview with CNET, Wozniak explained that the media misunderstands what Daisey and actors do. He added that after seeing Daisey’s show in Berkeley, Calif., last year, he did not take away the impression that Daisey bore a grudge against Apple.
“I didn’t get the sense that Mike was anti-Apple,” Wozniak said. “I think he loves Apple’s products and I told this to Steve Jobs. I think Mike was looking at Apple to become one of the positive forces for having influence on improving things.”

*Michael Wolff slams others for being bad writers.

By  |  08:13 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Tags:  mike daisey, andrew beaujon, steve wozniak, sean hannity

 
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