John Doyle, Globe & Mail, Canada -The Untouchables (on Frontline, PBS, 10 p.m.) is a transfixing, enraging examination of why a small army of greedy-guts bank executives in bespoke suits, the ones who brought down an entire economy, are moseying around, fancy-free, and not in court or in the hoosegow.
It’s fair to wonder why. And, timed as it is to air one
day after Barack Obama begins his second term as President of the United
States, the program is a brutal indictment of his administration.
happened in the collapse of various banks in 2008 was mind-boggling.
The U.S. economy itself came to the brink of disintegration. Look around
the world at the impact and it is devastating. As we now know, a vast
network of banks, all in cahoots, led Europe and the United States into
recession. (A very good read on the madness in Europe is Michael Lewis’s
book Boomerang: Be prepared to be stunned by it.) Around
Europe, former bank execs have been prosecuted and some are doing jail
time. In the United States, nothing more than finger-pointing has