Tim Cook’s little opening-night chat with technology columnists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the D10: All Things Digital conference certainly made rounds, but also drew a critique from controversial Mike Daisey who slammed his colleagues for not being tough enough on Apple’s boss…

Here’s what Daisey wrote in a post over at his personal blog.

Kara and Walt – do you really think you asked hard questions tonight? Goodness, you got Cook to admit… that Ping was a failure! That’s amazing.

If only you had another hour, so you could get him to tell us who he liked best on Dawson’s Creek and what kind of ice cream is best: vanilla or cookies and cream. (Trick question: it’s always cookies and cream.)

He didn’t spare Kara Swisher either, who at one point asked Cook to comment on Apple’s “fictional” critics, which might be interpreted as an indirect criticism of Mike Daisey’s recent writing about the Foxconn topic.

First, Kara, this isn’t even good wordplay—I’m not a fictional f*****g critic. The word you would want is fictitious, though that wouldn’t really work either—you probably knew that, but I think then you got lazy and just said, what the f**k…who is really paying attention to that shit, anyway, right?

If he had been sitting in Mossberg’s chair, Diasey would have admittedly asked much tougher questions.

What kind of questions?

Well, how about this:

Recently you went to China for the first time as CEO to tour Foxconn’s production lines. Apple’s first outside audits of Foxconn happened in 2006, after media coverage back then, and the report recommendations made six years ago are the same as the ones made by the FLA in 2012. Did it not seem important enough a priority for the CEO go until now, six years later? Why did it take so long?

According to our poll from yesterday, nearly sixty percent of respondents liked Cook’s D10 responses a lot and nearly one in four think he could have done a better job answering the questions.

Personally, I think Cook did good, but he spoke too slow at times. I’d also cut down on marketing gibberish if I were Cook. Moreover, some of his responses sound like some nonsense that just came out of a politician’s mouth.

Daisey had the nerve to touch upon the Foxconn topic, pointing out that “The New York Times and others have pointed to the squeezing of that supply chain as a big part of the problems at Foxconn”.

That’s saying a lot coming from a guy who fabricated some of his stories alleging Apple’s been seriously mistreating workers who assemble its products in Chinese workshops.

Thoughts?

  • Tim Cook did a excellent job and the D10 interview went great. Mike Daisy can basically shutup

  • Mike Daisey? Wasn’t that the guy who invented the story about the terrible working conditions at Foxxcon? Why is anybody listening to this a……???

  • Please don’t give Mike Daisey anymore headlines. This is what that fraud wants. Let him just disappear like.

  • Well….” disappear?? he doesn’t even exist !!

  • I find it mind boggling that this charlatan and fraud is still being given the spotlight via headlines. Well, on second thought, as a fellow journalist – I understand the logic behind it and commend Christian on a job well done.

    That being said, Mike Daisey needs to know when to heed the curtain call. I understand his idea of “fighting fire with fire” and acting defiantly against criticism and all, but sometimes, dude, you need to just know when you’ve said/done enough to destroy yourself, and that its nobody’s fault but your own. The best thing to do in said case is to “pull a Kanye” and just disappear for a while. Given enough time, you might even be able to mount a comeback. Personally, however, i’d never grace the halls of a place that had your name on the door.

    Just sayin…

  • Anonymous

    The link on “from a guy who fabricated” is to this same article.