Last Saturday, March 10th, monologist Mike Daisey was a member of our panel on Up w/ Chris Hayes. When we booked him to appear, we were not aware of the issues raised today by This American Life. As it happened, various other events in the news at the time led our conversation to turn to those very same issues – truth-telling in art or entertainment. In regard to the possibility of giving viewers false impressions about what’s real, Daisey tells Chris: “I wrestle with this constantly.” He also says, “People who are in these roles have a responsibility. I have a responsibility. And when I fall short, I need to, like, talk about it and need to be open about it.”
The rest of our panel consisted of playwright Katori Hall, Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Salon.com writer Rebecca Traister. Chris will discuss today’s developments when he returns for next weekend’s Up w/ Chris Hayes. (Note: your audio will drop out in the video when the Kony2012 video appears; this is not a technical glitch and the audio returns after that clip).
You can watch the entire segment here:
Jonathan Larsen is the executive producer of Up w/ Chris Hayes. You can follow him on Twitter @JTLarsen.