From Les Moonves to Louis C.K. to so many others implicated in #MeToo, there have been many performances of accountability theater. But those in power have repeatedly proven themselves unwilling to make amends.
Twenty years into its run, the show has fallen prey to a revealing paradox: As it has grown in relevance, it has lost its urgency.
On the selective accountabilities of the Trump hearings
The network that helped put Donald Trump into power is now showing how insistently it will work to keep him there.
Is Elizabeth Warren overly “angry”? The media are just asking questions.
E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit against the president pushes up against an obdurate truth: His very ubiquity has afforded him a kind of impunity.
Why public figures stopped apologizing
Harvey Weinstein’s detractors were told to “shut up.” Donald Trump’s hecklers were dismissed as “un-American.” What are the men’s defenders so afraid of?
The journalist wanted to understand Syrians who had no voice. ISIS murdered him.
She Said, Catch and Kill, and other new books tell stories of monsters brought to account. But their defining mood is not exultation—it’s terror.
Infestation. Insects. Ointment. This is not the stuff you might expect from a work of prestige TV that takes extreme wealth as its subject.
The allegations that the actor exploited women students echo a broader assumption: that discomfort in a professional setting is a liability.
Chanel Miller’s memoir, like the show Unbelievable, is a reminder of the painful alchemy that turns trauma into art.
Twenty years ago, the fictional press secretary was the heart of Aaron Sorkin’s political drama—and the embodiment of a time when news sold the myth of an ordered world.
Far beyond the news it breaks, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is a grim reminder: Many Americans still doubt the seriousness of sexual-misconduct allegations.
Twenty-five years ago, Friends anticipated a time that would both romanticize and mistrust the culture of work.
She Said, the behind-the-scenes telling of one of #MeToo’s most consequential journalistic stories, treats villainy as a systemic proposition.
One more shameful truth Jeffrey Epstein symbolized: a culture that continues to write girls out of its stories
Of all the questions that hover around the sex offender’s death, the most urgent is this: What shape will accountability now take for his accusers?
Anger is the ethic of the moment. Campaign-trail language is reflecting that.
In discussing the El Paso and Dayton massacres, the president and his fellow politicians are taking refuge in the convenience of abstraction.