‘Gold standard’ dinged by Daisey

Medill prof Marcel Pacatte on why today’s news about “This American Life” and Mike Daisey has “profound ramifications”:

If it can happen on “This American Life,” it can and probably does happen elsewhere, in little ways as well as fundamental ways, with debilitating frequency. …

If there is any good that will come from the retraction of the “This American Life” story, it is the way Ira Glass and company are handling it. Instead of an Emily Litella-style “never mind,” they have said they will devote an entire hour to exploring what happened and why, including an interview with the author of the piece, Mike Daisey, on why he misled “This American Life” fact-checkers.

* Marcel Pacatte: Et tu, Ira?