Mike Daisey is outraged over the latest debate about fact-checking humorist David Sedaris in the wake of his own journalistic transgressions at "This American Life."
The program retracted Daisey's hit piece about his visit to Apple manufacturers in China, after it was revealed to have been partially fabricated. Daisey, who was initially defensive, eventually apologized for misleading his listeners and other journalists.
Now, the scandal has prompted both "This American Life" and NPR to reconsider how they check Sedaris' essays. The Washington Post reported on the new scrutiny of the humorist's stories over the weekend.
"This American Life" host Ira Glass recommended checking the memories and past conversations described in Sedaris' work for the program. Meanwhile, NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos said it would make sense to label his essays for the network as fiction.
On Tuesday, Daisey hit back at the developments in an angry blog post. His main message was, "Leave David Sedaris the f-ck alone."
He argued that no one has taken issue with the writer's work. "No one is listening to SANTALAND DIARIES and then saying to themselves, 'I am now informed about the true nature of Macy's elf policies from the early nineties, which is good as I am writing a PhD thesis on that very subject,'" Daisey wrote.
He was also outraged that media outlets would treat Sedaris differently through no fault of his own. "It's despicable," Daisey wrote. "Just because you can't find any more meat on my bones in this matter doesn't allow you the right to hunt someone else."
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