Certainly nothing there to worry the fact checkers at This American Life.

A Chinese translator in Shenzhen intrinsically knew what Ira Glass and his team forgot, or conveniently ignored: There is a difference between a journalist and a writer—or an entertainer.

The About Us section of the This American Life website says the show consists of “mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.” The problem with that? Passing off as journalism the work of a performance artist with a track record for conflating fact and fiction has inflicted yet another wound on public radio and the journalism industry as a whole.

Correction: This article originally reported that the radio program Marketplace was a Public Radio International show. In fact, Marketplace is produced by American Public Media. The relevant sentence has been corrected. CJR regrets the error.

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Lawrence Pintak is founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University; a former CBS News Middle East correspondent; and creator of the free online Poynter course, Covering Islam in America. His most recent book is The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil.