Reporter discovers -- surprise! -- that the floors are so clean you could eat off them.
FORTUNE — To his credit, Business Insider‘s Steve Kovach ends his report on Samsung’s smartphone factory in Gumi, South Korea, with a disclosure:
But he gets no credit for the rest of the story, which doesn’t mention Apple AAPL by name, but whose subtext is the presumed contrast to Foxconn’s factories in China where Apple’s devices are assembled — with their “crowded, disgusting worker dorms and grueling factory floor conditions.”
According to Kovach:
Kovach is apparently unaware that the booties and spotless floors are common to all smartphone factories and are for the benefit of the devices, not the workers.
And if he had done his due diligence he would have discovered that Samsung’s devices are also manufactured in Vietnam, Malaysia, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and even Foxconn’s Chinese factories, and that there have been complaints.
Kovach’s readers were quick to point out his oversight.
“Eat off the floor — just remember to step over the bodies first,” wrote a commentator called Duh who rattled off a list of Samsung labor problems that anyone could discover with a simple Google search:
- The death by carbon dioxide of a 52-year-old worker in Suwon, South Korea
- The injury of three workers after a hydrofluoric acid leak at Samsung’s main chip plant in Hwaseong
- Reports, via China Labor Watch, of excessive working hours, exhausting rates of work, child workers, insufficient safety training, regular verbal abuse by management and workers forced to work barefoot. See More labor abuse in Samsung phone factory.
UPDATE: Kovach responds that his story does offer this caveat, which in fairness I should have mentioned:
- Business Insider: What It’s Like Inside The Factory Where Samsung Builds Your Galaxy Phone
- PC Mag: Inside Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Production Line by Sascha Segan, whose employer paid for the airfare