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Daum: When truth is trumped by theatrics
Daum: When truth is trumped by theatrics

Even if you don't have a cupboard full of pledge-drive coffee mugs, you've probably heard about the latest dust-up in public radio. A stage performer named Mike Daisey chronicled a trip he made in 2010 to China to check out conditions at a factory run by Foxconn, the chief manufacturer of iPads and iPhones. Even before Daisey told his tale, news reports of suicides and harsh working conditions there had introduced at least a dose of guilt into the previously sunshiny experience of owning an Apple product. As it turned out, Daisey's story vividly humanized that guilt. He told of meeting workers who were 13 or 14 years old. He described meeting with a man who, after mangling...

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