This American Life - A News Program?

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  1. Peau de Soie

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    Are you as confused as I am by the recent events with This American Life (the radio show on NPR)? There was a big deal when Mike Daisey's stage piece about Apple and FoxConn was found to be full of lies and exaggerations. Host Ira Glass made many apologies for violating his journalistic integrity after airing a version of Daisey's work.

    But who thought This American Life was a news program?? I certainly never did. They always say they are presenting "stories". I never, for a second, thought that they were supposed to be 100% factual reports. I didn't WANT them to be boring news pieces. Just interesting and entertaining stories.

    But then Glass did that reporting piece about the evil Judge Amanda Williams. Okay, I was surprised how journalistic that was (it did NOT seem to be in line with a normal TAL story), but I never thought it was supposed to mean TAL was suddenly 60 Minutes.

    And yet now, after the Daisy scandal, they are going after HUMORIST David Sedaris, who has been a frequent contributor to the show.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...se-questions/2012/05/13/gIQAm9QONU_story.html

    What the heck is going on?

    Did you guys ever consider This American Life a straight non-fiction reporting vehicle? Are you shocked or dismayed that David Sedaris's silly and amusing accounts may be embellished or completely false? (It doesn't bother me in the least.)

    I don't get it.
     
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    What are you my fucking teacher? Don't give me homework you fuck
     
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    This thread is now about prime rib


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    Isn't that the show where they have informal conversations with a shit load of background noise
     
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    I hungy
     
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    There is exactly no reason for people to shit on this thread. I don't know what the deal is around here. :(
     
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    Dude Obama's putting drones in the skies above the US and all you're worried about is prime rib wtf is wrong with you
     
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