ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH…. Jon Stewart chatted with torture-memo author John Yoo on “The Daily Show” the other night, and for a variety of reasons, the interview didn’t go especially well. For all of his moral, ethical, legal, and professional failings, Yoo isn’t a fool, and he came prepared. Those hoping for a classic Stewart smackdown came away disappointed.

So, last night, we saw something unusual — we saw an interviewer express regret for failing to nail down a guest.

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As Greg Mitchell wrote, “If only non-faux news anchors would do this.”

Exactly. I’m trying to imagine a situation in which, say, David Gregory or George Stephanopoulos appeared on the air and said, “You know, I probably wasn’t as prepared as I should have been to interview [fill in the blank]….”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.