NPR was recently burned by Mike Daisy’s largely fabricated piece on working conditions at Chinese Apple factories, and they are now as twice-shy as it seems possible to be. NPR is investigating all of David Sedaris’ stories to see whether they’re entirely factually correct- and shock of shocks, many of them have been exaggerated.
Does this mean his work should be labeled as fiction? Should NPR label each story they broadcast as “not quite true”? What is the difference between a falsified hard-hitting journalistic exposé and humor? ^LB