Nilay Patel, on Foxconn’s response to The Verge’s investigation into their Wisconsin scam:
Today, Foxconn responded to that piece by… announcing another
innovation center in Wisconsin, this one in Madison, the state’s
capital. The building, which currently houses a bank, actually
sits directly across the street from the Capitol building, and it
will continue to house the bank because Foxconn did not announce
when it would be moving in.
Here are some other things Foxconn did not announce: how much it
had paid for the building, how many floors of the building it
would occupy, how many people would work there, or what those
people would be doing.
It did announce that it would be rebranding the building “Foxconn
Place Madison,” however.
It’s like Foxconn is a stage magician, and Wisconsin paid $4.5 billion to see an elephant disappear from the stage. But two years later, there still is no elephant, it seems ever more clear that they never had any intention of even showing an elephant, let alone making it disappear, and now that people are calling them on it, they’re like, “We are definitely going to make an elephant disappear from this stage, but hey — how about a card trick?”