Wrong, But Outstanding

The Guardian published an interesting interview with the radical academic Noam Chomsky, who was recently voted the world’s foremost public intellectual. Here’s how Chomsky replies when asked if he regrets publicly supporting the work of a journalist who claimed the victim count of Serbian massacres during the Bosnian conflict was exaggerated:

"No," he says indignantly. "It is outstanding. My only regret is that I didn’t do it strongly enough. It may be wrong; but it is very careful and outstanding work."

It’s wrong, but outstanding. Yes, this whole fetish in our society for meaningless concepts like "truth" and "accuracy" – who needs it? So says the world’s top "intellectual".