In a federal court this week, the British sportswear and equipment supplier Mitre Sports International is claiming HBO defamed the company in a 2008 segment of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” called “Children of Industry.”
The segment portrayed the story of children under the age of 14 hand-sewing Mitre soccer balls for little to no money. Mitre claims that the interviews were edited to be misleading, that parts of the story were fabricated and that the children were coerced to say what they did on camera.
NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik has been following this story and joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to talk about how the case has been presented so far in the courtroom. He also explores the practices HBO’s “Real Sports” used when reporting the story, and whether that tells us anything about the journalism in question.
This segment aired on April 15, 2015.