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2:54 AM ET, March 17, 2012

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This American Life:
RETRACTION  —  Regrettably, we have discovered that one of our most popular episodes was partially fabricated.  This week, we devote the entire hour to detailing the errors in “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, an Apple supplier factory in China.
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Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”  —  Ira writes:  —  I have difficult news.  We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications.  We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth.
Rob Schmitz / Marketplace:
An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details  —  Apple got a lot of attention recently over conditions in the Chinese factories that make its iPhones and iPads.  The public radio show “This American Life” aired an electrifying account of one man's visit to several factories.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How ‘This American Life’ Let Itself Get Burned By An Apple Fabulist  —  You can't say nobody warned the producers of “This American Life” that Mike Daisey's epic story about Apple's Foxconn factory in China might be the work of an untrustworthy individual.  Someone did, in fact …
Laura June / The Verge:
Excerpts from ‘This American Life’ on Mike Daisey: ‘Why not just tell us what really happened?’  —  We've received an early transcript of the episode of This American Life which will air this evening at 8:00PM ET entitled “Retraction.”  The episode features Mike Daisey …
Discussion: This American Life and Soup
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
New York Times edits article by Mike Daisey it posted just after Steve Jobs' death due to fabrications
Discussion: The Verge and Daring Fireball
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Mayor Bloomberg Proud of Bloomberg's Coverage of the Goldman Sachs Op-Ed  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is very disappointed in the way the media has handled the story of Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith's very public (and very expensive) resignation, except for one outlet.
Discussion: Forbes, Deal Journal and Globe and Mail
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Goldman Op-Ed Writer Got $150 for Unsolicited Critique
Discussion: New York Times
Steve Myers / Poynter:
New York Times could look outside journalism for next social media editor  —  How hard will it be for The New York Times to replace Liz Heron, who is leaving her job as social media editor to become director of social media and engagement for The Wall Street Journal?
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Steve Myers / Poynter:   Heron: WSJ pay wall will be an ‘interesting challenge’ for social media efforts
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Gets Retina-Ready, But Will Users Spend More Time In-App?  —  Good news, new iPad users: everyone's favorite iPad news magazine Flipboard (OK, my favorite, but I hear the Flipboard / Zite battles get fierce) is now Retina-ready.  I know, we all thought the enhanced app would be approved by tonight …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
New Hampshire editor's front page column calls out competitor's sports editor for plagiarism  —  The editor of a New Hampshire newspaper has published a front page column to expose plagiarism at a competing paper.  —  “If one of my reporters did what Compass Sports Editor Joe Milliken did last week …
Discussion: www.eagletimes.com
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Marilyn Hagerty's Olive Garden Review Breaks Million-Click Barrier (and Google Analytics)  —  But the Paper She Writes for Isn't Necessarily Getting Rich Off the Craze  —  Folks at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald are certain that Marilyn Hagerty's gone-viral review of the local Olive Garden …
Discussion: The Week and Gawker, Thanks:@rupalparekh
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Young, veteran media reporter John Koblin ditches all that to write about sports for Denton's Deadspin  —  WWD media reporter John Koblin is leaving Conde Nast to write for Deadspin, the popular Gawker Media sports blog.  —  It's not as strange as it might seem that a media reporter …
Guardian:
@fieldproducer quits Sky News  —  The social media wunderkind Neal Mann, better known as @fieldproducer, has walked out on Sky News just weeks after bosses told journalists to curb their Twittering.  Monkey hears that the new top-down guidelines - which have been widely lampooned by rival outlets …
 
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