Accountability is for suckers. No, I mean it. Think about it. If there was anything approaching accountability in real life, George W Bush would be in front of a war tribunal in the Hague, not discussing his exhibit of paintings of world leaders. Robert H Richards IV would be castrated and sitting in jail for life for raping his three year old daughter instead of getting probation. Wall St bankers would be begging for change on the sidewalks instead of the families foreclosed on fraudulently. There would be no phrase like "affluenza".
It works in the media as well. Can you imagine what Fox News would be like if they were held accountable for telling the truth? Look at these panels (Driftglass has literally the best description of them I've read in a long time), how many of these jokers would still have a career if they were ever held accountable for how wrong they've been?
Accountability? Meh. Only for you suckers.
ABC's "This Week" — Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and former Army Vice Chief of Staff Ret. Gen. Peter Chiarelli. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Panel: ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former House Speaker and CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and Fusion’s “AM Tonight” host Alicia Menendez.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Shaun McCutcheon, whose campaign finance case was decided last week by the Supreme Court; Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group; Michael Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Columnist; John E. Sununu, Fmr. New Hampshire Senator (R) and Boston Globe Contributor; Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN); and Steve Case, Fmr. Chairman & CEO of America Online. Author Michael Lewis.
CBS' "Face the Nation" — White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times and Heidi Cullen of Climate Central. Panel: Politico's Todd Purdum, CBS News Political Director John Dickerson and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.
MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of KY; Perry Bacon, TheGrio.com; Evan McMorris-Santoro, Buzzfeed; Gabriela Domenzain, democratic strategist; Jarvis DeBerry, Times Picayune; David Itzkoff, New York Times.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Assistant Professor of African Studies at Rutgers University; Jeff Yang, columnist at the Wall Street Journal Online; Zerlina Maxwell, Political Analyst and Grio.com Contributor; Mychal Denzel Smith, Blogger at TheNation.com/Fellow at The Nation Institute; Jamelle Bouie, staff writer at Slate; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Author of “The Condemnation of Blackness”; Ta-Nehesi Coates, Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Tanner Colby, author of “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”; Micki McElya, associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut / author of “Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America”; Cristina Beltran, associate professor of social and cultural analysis at NYU / author of “The Trouble with Unity”.
MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League; Spencer Overton, George Washington Law School; James Peterson, MSNBC Contributor; Zerlina Maxwell, TheGrio.com; Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen; Carol Evans, President & CEO, Working Mother Magazine.
CNN's "State of the Union" — Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Mike Rogers, R-Mich., C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, D-Md., Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Tim Murphy, R-Pa. Panel: Penny Lee, Corey Dade and Ross Douthat.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Panel: Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Peter Beinart, a contributor to Atlantic Media, New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall and the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephen. Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.
"Fox News Sunday" — McCaul; Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency. Panel: Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams.
So what's catching your eye this morning?