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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mike Daisey's Twitter-Fight with a New York Times Employee Didn't End Well (UPDATED: Daisey Suggests I Manipulated the Facts to "make a better story")

Posted by on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

On his Twitter feed, Mike Daisey linked to a New York Times story about Foxconn utilizing shady labor issues in the production of the new iPhone, which is scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow.

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New York Times theater and comedy reporter Jason Zinoman immediately took issue with Daisey's word choice:

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Then another Twitter user, Jeanette607, got in on the act:

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Zinoman and Jeanette607 took issue with Daisey's implication that the NYT story didn't contain original reporting when it, in fact, did contain original reporting:

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Daisey gave up and issued a sarcastic-sounding retraction:

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And when Zinoman tried to engage on some more of Daisey's word choice, Daisey got vulgar:

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And then Zinoman closed with a vow:

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UPDATE 1:05 PM: Apparently, Mike Daisey thinks that I intentionally left off "the real end of the discussion," so here it is:

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That sure does change the context of the whole conversation, doesn't it? Here's what Daisey just said to me via Twitter:

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I sure hope Daisey leaves me the fuck alone, now.

 

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rob! 1
I take issue with your use of "implication" when "insinuation" is the better word :)
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on September 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
rob! 2
Also, people who wish to be "left alone" need to stay the fuck off Twitter.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on September 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM · Report this
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who the fuck is mike daisey and why do I care what he says?
Posted by sanotehu on September 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Zebes 4
The agony of Mike Daisey. Still waiting on the ecstasy.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on September 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
5
Who the fuck is Mike Daisey?
Posted by who the fuck cares? on September 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 6
@3 & @5: he's the guy who invented the daisy wheel printer. Shit is awesome!
Posted by derek_erdman http://www.derekerdman.com on September 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
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It's great that NYT is fact checking Daisey more aggressively than Romney/Ryan. Daisey needs to grow a pair and learn how to push back.
Posted by dirge on September 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
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"Have you the audacity to doubt my veracity by insinuating that I prevaricate?" Gold, comedy gold, this post. Thank you!
Posted by gloomy gus on September 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
Meanwhile the Black Flag operation by Mitt's friends successfully completed in Cairo.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on September 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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Mike Daisey publicly accused other writers and news organizations of being indifferent to child labor issues; falsely, as it turns out.

He was called on it. He responded with dubious hand-waving equivocations about the nature of art. Fine - whatever.

That he then has the gall to take to the public square and cast aspersions on the NYT is remarkable. Remarkable that is to his therapist, and fellow artists looking for a benchmark as to the self-aggrandizement and willful myopia that is required to become a arts personality in a market like New York.
Posted by John Galt on September 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
Anything to distract people from noticing anything important happening out there.

When does the next season of American Idol start???
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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Jason Zinoman comes off like a twit, as bad as Mike Daisey, here. If he wanted to look like a grownup, he should have used his initial tweet not to be snippy at Daisey but to emphasize the cool NYT story. In fact, reading the story, it looks like Daisey is right, and all the interesting material came from the Shanghai Daily.
Posted by EricaP on September 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
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It's "que sera". Mike Daisey loses.
Posted by barfy cute on September 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
The Max 14
Daisey should lie fallow for a few years. He can redeem himself, the story that semi-ruined him was that good even if it's pure fiction presented as pure journalism. But he should back off, let people stop talking about him, and come back strong.
Posted by The Max on September 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@11 ftw.

Whiny Stranger staffers for the Epic Fail.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on September 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 16
Mike Daisey casting aspersions on journalists re: levels of truth and accuracy of word choice is totally fine with me and not at all hypocritical.

On a related note, I'm going to start telling people to stop drinking and fucking dudes.
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on September 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
17
Faux outrage whose real purpose is to allow the NYT writer to publicly distance himself from the discredited Daisey.
Posted by Proteus on September 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
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Wow, you guys aren't fairing well in your own poll. Perhaps you should just keep your snit fits with Mr. Daisy off of Slog where apparently we don't care?
Posted by longball on September 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
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RE: 11@ Urgutha_Forka and 15@Will_in_Seattle

There's no point in the SLOG limiting posts to "what's important."

What is the point of that criticism? That The Stranger abandon any curatorial role and only post about things that are of interest to, say, +200M? Why"? Does the internet need another world-news aggregation site?

Mike Daisey is a local-kid gone big, and somewhat off the rails. It's local, topical, and of interest to many around here. If I want to read about Egyptians tearing up our embassy's flag, there are better places to go for that.

And Will, I have no idea what you mean by "Mitt's friends", because once again, you didn't supply a link. If I'm referring to the wrong "black flag" issue, well, that's _your_ fault.
Posted by John Galt on September 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM · Report this
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Oh, you kids!
Posted by Mike Daisey http://mikedaisey.com on September 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
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I'm sorry anybody thinks this was news—later today I may be having a bowel movement, and we can only hope Mr. Constant doesn't report that as well. This is apparently in my hands—if I tweet it, he probably will.
Posted by Mike Daisey http://mikedaisey.com on September 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
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@21, if your bowel movement does wind up in your hands we will indeed poke a bit more fun at you, don't worry.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
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This definitely fits in the "yawn" category. Stranger - you've made your point. Good on you. Now let's all move on and cover things of greater importance.
Posted by Gordian on September 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this
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@22—yes, that language does make that terribly suggestive. I must issue another correction.

@23—yes, like, perhaps...I don't know...the use of forced labor in the original NYT story that kicked this all off?

I mean, just as a suggestion.
Posted by Mike Daisey http://mikedaisey.com on September 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Fnarf 25
In a perfect world, all of the people mentioned in this "story" would be eaten by wolves.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on September 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
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@Mike Daisey: You're a public figure now. You've got to grow a thicker skin, or you're going to go insane. Part of the price of success & notoriety is having people say things, often unflattering ones, about you. Is that better than ignoring you and forgetting you?

p.s. How was Burning Man for you?
Posted by Drunken Housewife http://www.drunkenhousewife.com on September 11, 2012 at 9:13 PM · Report this

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