You probably remember dramatist Mike Daisey as the person who fabricated stories about the working conditions at Apple’s overseas supply chain Foxconn. Just as you were probably forgetting about him, Daisey has come back into the spotlight by scrutinizing Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for not pressuring Tim Cook with hard enough questions at the D10 conference. In an open letter to host AllThingsD posted on his personal blog, Daisey openly criticized Mossberg and Swisher. Be advised that there is some obscene language in these excerpts from Daisey’s letter.
6:43 pm: On China, Kara notes, you have many critics, and not just fictional ones (a reference to Mike Daisey). Why doesn’t Apple have its own factories in China?
First, Kara, this isn’t even good wordplay—I’m not a fictional fucking critic. The word you would want is fictitious, though that wouldn’t really work either—you probably knew that, but I think then you got lazy and just said, what the fuck…who is really paying attention to that shit, anyway, right?
But it fits the evening—given the tone of the opening schtick, complete with marching band and “humorous” prop cakes, it’s clear that no one who actually worked in a theatrical context helps you with your industry mixer.
Kara and Walt—do you really think you asked hard questions tonight? Goodness, you got Cook to admit…that Ping was a failure! That’s amazing. If only you had another hour, so you could get him to tell us who he liked best on Dawson’s Creek and what kind of ice cream is best: vanilla or cookies and cream. (Trick question: it’s always cookies and cream.)
Personally, I think that the questions asked by Mossberg and Swisher were rather interesting. Each journalist asked Cook a variety of questions that did touch upon several pressing subject matters including the Apple TV, Foxconn working conditions, stateside manufacturing, and even Ping.
Tim Cook had a number of great responses that were very interesting and detailed, and he seemed well-poised throughout most of the interview. Perhaps Cook stumbled or was caught off-guard on a few questions, but Mike Daisey just appears to be stirring the pot once again as the dramatist he is. The whole letter just seems to be in response to Swisher’s indirect jab about Daisey being a fictitious critic, and Daisey was very unprofessional and rude throughout his entire rambling.