Confidence in the media is at an all-time low. Phone hacking, the Leveson Inquiry, Operation Elvedon, police investigation into allegations of media corruption. Also politicians behaviour over Brexit, inaccuracies and scare mongering. Then “fake news” allegations that Russia influenced the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Donald Trump’s daily tweets on this and other current matters. No wonder the public is confused. Here Clare looks at the issues that have resulted in the current climate. She argues, while the media have been sinners, they are also forces for good.