Jeremy Scahill at SXSW
- MODERATOR: "What's the single most important advice you've ever heard?"
- SCAHILL: "Live as though the truth were true."
- "Think about that. Fr. Daniel Berrigan, the legendary anti-war Jesuit priest. When Dorothy Day, [co]founder of the Catholic Worker Movement died, he said in her eulogy, 'She lived as though the truth were true."
- And if you think about the implications of committing yourself to that. It means first of all, you have no tolerance for bullshit lies. But it also means you're not obsessed with short-term efficacy. You're in it for the long haul because what drives you is that the truth actually is true. That sometimes there is only one side to the story. Sometimes power is just fucking evil to the core and it's not worth getting their perspective because it's true. And I think that's been the problem with journalism. People subscribe to this false notion of objectivity. There is no such thing as objectivity. You either give the Emperor his say, or you say, "Fuck you" to the emperor. And we're living in a time when that's more important than ever."
- *DROPS MIC*