Comments on: Mike Daisey and our attention embellishment disorder Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Harold_Kaye Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:07:39 +0000 Mike Daisey’s monologue relied extensively on the work done by China correspondents. For example, the story of the workers injured by n-hexane in Suzhou was extensively reported by resident correspondents in Beijing and Shanghai. Daisey never credits them, but rather claims to have met people damaged by the chemical on his own in Suzhou.

Is that the “boring reporting” that Mike Elk looks down upon in this editorial?

It speaks very poorly of Reuters that it would publish an editorial in which a writer blames a case of journalistic misconduct on the reporters who actually did the hard work and reporting that Daisey didn’t. Shame on Mike Elk, and shame on Reuters. This lowers both of your reputations. Despicable.

By: JPerilo Wed, 21 Mar 2012 01:54:06 +0000 By applauding Daisey in any way, you have turned your back on the most important value of journalism: unbiased truth. Truth that is TRUE, not self serving in any way, no matter how noble you think it is. Because what Daisey did was not noble in any way. Justifying what he did in any way is dangerous. Mike Daisey, himself, is a dangerous selfish diva masquerading as a misunderstood activist and damaged artist. He has made me rethink every motive I’ve ever had for producing content, and I hope it does the same for you and everyone else whose writing appears in any public forum.


By: razzmatazz Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:44:08 +0000 Mike,

Your post would have gone much further in getting your readers on your side if you had correctly identified and gone after the real culprit letting America’s workers down: the U.S. government.

Each year, labor unions spend millions of union workers’ hard earned money – in the form of union dues – on expensive Washington lobbyists to convince mostly Democratic lawmakers in Congress to enact new and/or revised laws to protect workers. Yet, the worker injuries and deaths still occur, as you point out in your post.

Isn’t it the federal government that has really failed workers and not the corporations employing those workers? If anything, the corporation is helping the union worker by providing a paying job that typically features above-market wages and benefits (higher than most of the 92% of other, non-union workers in America). What is the federal government doing for those workers besides taxing their hard-earned income just like the union “taxes” them for union dues?

Actually you are upset that the U.S. government is not enforcing the laws adequately and is not penalizing the corporations enough for non-enforcement. Why not just state this explicitly instead of muckraking about ‘evil corporations’, inattentive Americans, and non-caring editors at major media outlets?

If lawmakers and government bureaucrats – who you imply are on labor’s side by the enactment of the labor protection laws – truly care about worker safety in America, why are you not skewering them directly instead of chastising Americans, the media, and corporations about not paying enough attention to worker injuries and deaths? Why are you not ranting and raving about the failure of the federal government to do its supposed job in protecting workers across America?