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Apple grants ABC's Nightline exclusive access to their suppliers' factories in China

Responding to the ongoing controversy surrounding working conditions in Chinese factories, Apple has granted ABC News and their Nightline series exclusive access to go inside Foxconn and take a look around. Nightline new anchor Bill Weir has gone to Shenzhen China with film crew in tow to bring back the visual documentation of what exactly happens there.

"For years, Apple and Foxconn have been synonymous with monster profits and total secrecy so it was fascinating to wander the iPhone and iPod production lines, meet the people who build them and see how they live. Our cameras were rolling when thousands of hopeful applicants rushed the Foxconn gates and I spoke with dozens of line workers and a top executive about everything from hours and pay to the controversies over suicides at the plant and the infamous "jumper nets" that line the factories in Shenzhen. After this trip, I'll never see an Apple product the same way again" said Weir

The full broadcast will take place on February 21st, at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network but portions of it will be spread across the ABC networks line up.

Source: ABC News

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Well, I'm pretty sure they knew they were coming so... They can "paint the picture" however they like. It will be interesting to see how ABC's report compares to FLA's report of "tons of issues".

I'm sick of this media blitz on Apple. Apple is unfairly blamed for all of this. Those factory workers choose to work there, it's not a concentration camp. I'm glad Jobs didn't have to deal with this B.S.

Apple nailed this situation. Tim cook rebuffed ny times, fla inspection, abc exclusive, and barring ny times from new os mountain lion for sensational journalism. Winning!!!

Yawn. Foxconn is known for cleaning up their act just before inspections. And I would hardly trust a corporate media company to do some sort of hard-hitting journalism--not when it's about a major advertiser.

Not calling you out or anything, but what would you have them do? Should they NOT allow the inspection? Is there a better entity that should do the inspection instead and will Foxconn not "cleanup their act" in that case as well? Just seems like people have already decided that Apple is the bad guy here even though it has been shown that they are not the only ones using Foxconn. So I'm wondering what a company like Apple should do here? Just remain silent and let everyone else tell the story from their point of view or get involved...somehow?

Answers: A truly independent assessment, an agreement for surprise/random visits, and a commitment by Apple (and, yes, the other big companies) to enforce international human right standards, for starters. I just don't understand why it's so hard for people to understand the role of large corporations/multinationals and corporate-run governments in the exploitation of people across the world, whether they reside in totalitarian states or so-called democracies.....the level of ignorance just boggles the mind....

Connecting the dots. Doesn't ABC own Disney/Pixar? Won't they paint Apple in the most positive light they can?

Look people. Before u start defending apple and foxconn it would be advisable to pay attention to what's really going on here. I mean foxconn picks the porrest city in China to start manufacturing. Offers the people that live there a slightly better lifestyle than they already have(which means they don't have to starve) work them long hours and practically for 7 days a week for an equivalent of $290 a month while apple is the richest company in the world with over $90 billion in the bank and foxconn making record profits. And one of the comments I see is if u don't like it then move....

It's a world economy. Things happen in China that we as Americans don't like. That's life. That's business. As a company you can't fault Apple or Foxconn. They're playing by the rules. If you want something done its going to have to be done at the government level and we know and have seen how China is on this.

Every company on this planet adds many man hours to its payroll just before any inspection. Foxconn is no different. If the people in china want better rights then they need to deal with that in their way. I don't see anyone from china coming over here worrying about us. They don't like the conditions they should go somewhere else.

what a joke! how about letting the cameras come when they want to UNANNOUNCED! now that would be journalism, not this 1% owners crap...USA residences will believe anything these days!