“Why Mike Daisey had to lie”

Josh Topolsky, writing for The Washington Post:

“Daisey’s lies inspired honest questions about the gadgets in our pockets. Did he betray the trust of the public and journalists by lying? The answer to this question is easy: Yes. But were the lies necessary?”

Josh never answers the second question, but suggests that Daisey shouldn’t be condemned for his actions. In other words, the end justifies the means.


In my experience, a person who asks, “does the end justify the means?” is seeking justification because he knows he’s wrong. Labor abuse is a real issue and Daisey could have raised awareness just as easily without lying. In fact, more effectively. Today I ask myself, “What else did he make up?” I bet I’m not the only one.

Were the lies necessary, Josh? No.

[Via The Loop]