But not with everyone.
From David Carr’s New York Times column today:
Mr. Daisey’s one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” closed its very successful run at the Public Theater in New York on Sunday. The show played a significant role in raising public consciousness, not just about the ethics of offshore manufacturing, but about whether those of us who fondle those shiny new iPads every day are implicated as well.
It was a fine bit of theater. It worked less well as a piece of journalism, which is how it was represented when it was broadcast on “This American Life.” The episode was a huge hit, downloaded as a podcast more than any other in the history of the program. But it fell apart after Rob Schmitz, a reporter from “Marketplace,” another public radio show, fact-checked the specifics.
Inexplicably, Carr gives Sedaris a pass on his similar approach to storytelling:
I am a longtime fan of “This American Life,” but I have never assumed that every story I heard was literally true. The writer and monologist David Sedaris frequently tells wonderful personal yarns on the show that may not be precisely true in every detail, but this was not a story about a family car trip gone bad.
So there’s a two-tier standard for truth? It’s okay to fabricate stories about yourself, but not okay to fabricate stories about others?
Sounds like a slippery slope to the hardworking staff.