My title is in response to the title of this, the story of Mike Daisey and his phony baloney investigation of Apple and its main supplier, Chinese-based Foxconn. The gist:
The main point he drives home is that he felt it was necessary to embellish his story in order to retain the “truth” of the message of his show. He lied to tell the truth, basically.
This is no different than the Dan Rather "fake but accurate" defense when it came to the phony National Guard memos. Mike Daisey didn't have to lie. All he had to do was actually work at verifying what allegedly took place instead of make s**t up. The truth is, if you have to bend the truth to communicate some "larger truth", then you've undermined the truth, and that's exactly what Daisey did. And for that, his fifteen minutes should expire, like, right now.
UPDATE: Daisey not only lied, he was substantially wrong. So much for "greater truth" rubbish (h/t Wagster).