As I mull over the Retraction Podcast I am at a lost for words. I am extremely disappointed in Mr. Daisey not necessarily because he lied in the beginning but because of his inability to honestly come clean. Over and over I as he was speaking I was thinking in my head is Mr. Daisey five year old? Only a child would not see that the evidence clearly points to the fact that he is lying, and not admit it. It is extremely disheartening to see the result of the selfish actions of Mr. Daisey.
Mr. Daisey had one point that I especially disagreed with and that point was that he would label his story “true” and not “fiction”. At first I thought this was a black and white issue, I thought it was evident that if his the story was completely true then it goes in the “truth” section and if it was false it goes into the “fiction” section. The question lies where is it labeled if has some truth and some untruths in it? I think that is an understandable question but the point that matters is that all of this could have been avoided if Mr. Daisey prefaced his monologues explaining that they were not entirely true. His reason for not doing this was because he did not think that the story with have as much emotional weight unless he stretched, and exaggerated the truth. He did not believe that the American public would believe his testimony unless he did it that way.
My question is does he really care about foreign workers who make Apple’s equipment? Or was this just a publicity stunt to get people to notice his obvious talent? I do not think any of those questions can be easily answered or sought out. What I do think is Mr. Daisey made an unwise decision and took advantage of many peoples genuine desire to hear the truth. For that reason I find it hard from any angle to justify his actions.