From PICA's website:
Mike Daisey, hailed by The New York Times as "the master storyteller," returns to Portland with the world premiere of a new work. In a single night, Daisey takes us on a fantastic journey through the sprawling landscape of journalism right now—how it functions, how it fails us, and how it chooses to tell our stories. Using his own scandal as a jumping-off point, he illuminates how the myth of objective journalism weakens us and has made our public discourse easy to manipulate. From CNN to alt-weeklies, this is a true love letter to journalism—an impossible calling caught in a time of transformation, where people struggle every day to tell a story that actually shows us the truth.
I have mixed feelings about this. I think Daisey is a brilliant performer, but I certainly stopped rooting for him after it was revealed that he lied both in his show The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and to the fact-checkers at This American Life who attempted to verify his claims. I just reread the apology blog post he wrote last year:
I would also like to apologize to the journalists I gave interviews to in which I exaggerated my own experiences.
That's me! And dozens of my colleagues. I guess I haven't decided if I accept that apology or not, or whether he's really who I want to hear from on "the myth of objective journalism."
The show's May 21 at the Tiffany Center; tickets are here.
What do you guys think?
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