The free market is blind to who you are buying from. If Israel itself were on the open market it’d be a colony to Qatar. Can Jewish minds resist this behavior of questioning objectivity? Relativity and proportions doesn’t mean equivalences. All symbols and ideologies are dangerous, but that doesn’t mean your borders are always a threat.
NPR just admitted that the whole story was basically faked.
(This American Life) The response to the original episode, “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” was significant. It quickly became the single most popular podcast in This American Life’s history, with 888,000 downloads (typically the number is 750,000) and 206,000 streams to date. After hearing the broadcast, listener Mark Shields started a petition calling for better working conditions for Apple’s Chinese workers, and soon delivered almost a quarter-million signatures to Apple.
The same month the episode aired, The New York Times ran a front-page investigative series about Apple’s overseas manufacturing, and there were news reports about Foxconn workers threatening group suicide in a protest over their treatment.
Faced with all this scrutiny of its manufacturing practices, Apple announced that for the first time it will allow an outside third party to audit working conditions at those factories and – for the first time ever – it released a list of its suppliers.
(pjmedia.com)This really ought to be more of a bombshell story than it has been so far. NPR’s nails-on-a-chalkboard radio magazine “This American Life” in January broadcast a devastating hit piece which exposed Apple as a brutal taskmaster overseeing near-slavery conditions in its Chinese factories. The piece led to innumerable follow-up stories in major media outlets bashing Apple as the new Snidely Whiplash of Capitalism. Liberal Web sites and groups collected signatures for anti-Apple petitions, started Apple boycotts, picketed Apple outlets…
How did Mike Daisey explain his mendacity? With one of the best non-apologies in the history of lying:
(This American Life)“I’m not going to say that I didn’t take a few shortcuts in my passion to be heard,” Daisey tells Schmitz and Glass. “My mistake, the mistake I truly regret, is that I had it on your show as journalism, and it’s not journalism. It’s theater.”
(pjmedia.com) Mr. Daisey’s explanation of his serial lying — “a few shortcuts in my passion to be heard” — and NPR’s eager willingness to embrace his story, could actually be applied to almost all liberal journalism these days. In fact, that’s what they teach in Journalism School now — “Advocacy Journalism,” in which the narrative (generally a sob story with capitalism as the villain) is more important than hewing to the facts. If the narrative and the facts aren’t aligned — go with the narrative.
The fact that Mr. Daisey tried, and almost succeeded, in taking down a major corporation with a pack of lies, which were then parroted by nearly every leftist in the nation, should be the journalistic scandal of the year.
But who controls the media? The same people who ran with Daisey’s narrative. Expect the story to sink like a stone.
…makes you think about what kind of credible journalism goes into a story about Israel… but the truth about that is out there as well when NPR got caught soliciting money for International News from Jihadist sources
(Carl) In December, I reported on Apple’s acquisition of Israeli flash memory company Anobit, and how it would likely result in Apple opening up an R&D facility here.
But Intel has been here for 40 years, and Microsoft and Google have also been here for a long time. So what took Apple so long? I’m sure you’ll be shocked (Hat Tip: Israellycool).
The real question: why did it take Apple so long? One suspected cause was the political leanings of Steve Jobs’ wife: firmly in the left-leaning liberal and pro-Palestinian camps. Apple has neglected Israel as a market for its computers for years despite Israel leading the world in per-capita computer use. Apple’s market share in personal computers is much lower in Israel than in the United States or even Europe, and support for Hebrew is not as comprehensive as it is on Windows.
And people always ask me why I don’t consider buying a Mac (it’s also a lot more expensive and that’s another good reason). Read the whole thing
don’t forget that Jobs was Syrian by blood.