It's been an interesting week in the interface between politics and the media, with many questions raised about the role, and agenda, of the media. It started with a column by the editor-in-chief of The New Age and ANN7, Moegsien Williams. That sparked a response from Yours Truly, which in turn elicited a slightly annoyed missive from Lumko Mtimde. At the same time, the editor of The Citizen newspaper, Steven Motale, wrote a long piece in his newspaper, in which he said he wanted to publicly apologise to President Jacob Zuma for accepting the media message that Zuma was corrupt. The timing of all of this led to the more conspiratorial among us to mutter darkly. Whether deliberate or not, none of this should not go unchallenged. By STEPHEN GROOTES.