ABC's "Nightline" will scoop all other media tomorrow night (Tuesday), with a visit to a Foxconn factory in China where your favorite iToys are made.
Foxconn actually assembles 40 percent of the world's consumer electronics - including XBox 360 game systems, HP and Dell computers, and varied products for the likes of Samsung and Sony. But over the past two years, a spate of employee suicides, strike threats and reports of the operation's oppressive/dangerous working conditions have mostly connected Foxconn to Apple, their most demanding of customers, especially around the time of a new product launch.
The timing of this report - and choice for ABC to tell it - are curious.
Steve Jobs was the largest shareholder in ABC's parent company Walt Disney, since his sale to Disney of Pixar. Apple and ABC have long enjoyed a special working relationship (the first TV shows to appear in the iTunes store came from ABC/Disney.) So if any media could be guaranteed to do a "fair and balanced" (i.e. non-hatchet job) piece on the Foxconn-Apple connection, it'd be these guys.