Media and governments have always had a love-hate relationship. While they both need each other, the attempts by one to overwhelm the other (especially when governments try to control media) have often led to unpleasant results. If one agrees that both want what is best for the country, then it is imperative that the executive power and the fourth estate respect the independence of each other. However, if there is lack of trust in the fundamental goal, then the outcome puts into question the countrys long-term outlook. Wanting what is best for the country means that governments are working on plans that take into consideration the needs and aspirations of all sectors of society without favouritism. On the other hand, the media must understand that wanting the best for the country means that they need to avoid knee-jerk positions. The government has recently taken some tough and painful economic policies which, it says, are necessary to overcome the countrys double-digit debt (about JD11billion). The media, for the most part, have been either silent or supportive, with a few voices of opposition appearing here and there. A look at the period that preceded the governments plan shows lack of forthrightness in involving citizens in discussions about the best way forward. Parliament was dissolved 213 days ago and the government has done little to involve the publics other representatives - the media - in the discussions of what is needed to relieve the economic dangers facing Jordan. Parliament, many argue, was dissolved because of its bad performance on many fronts, including the economy. Days before its dissolution, the executive branch had submitted a law charging banks 25 percent tax and the legislative branch decided to increase the rate 10 percent more to 35 percent. Some argue that if allowed to pass, such an increase would have resulted in the flight of existing banks and would have been a strong disincentive for other potential banks to set up shop in Jordan. Most of the media toed the line, singing praises to consecutive governments and failing in their primary duty of representing the pains and aspirations of the public. Jordanian media failed to warn the public about the impeding economic difficulties and played no serious role in the helping government understand what the public wanted and the level of tax hikes it would tolerate. Not only were the media on vacation before the recent passing of the tax hikes and fees on gas, phone calls, coffee, water and other items, they continued to hibernate afterwards. Most worrisome would be to have this lukewarm reaction to the latest painful economic decisions come from the fear that allowing the public to express itself would be somehow akin to sowing discontent. This would be a mistaken idea. The public and governments must agree to work together for what is best for the country, not just short-term but on long-term as well. The government insists that there was no alternative to the painful policies it enacted, putting the blame (whether consciously or unconsciously) on previous administrations. This might be true, but the public has to be allowed to scrutinise the current policies properly and the citizens have to be allowed to express their true feelings. If such an opportunity is given, this government will succeed in avoiding falling into some of the mistakes that previous governments made when they tried to protect their short-term policies without paying attention to long-term implications. Independent media working with a confident government based on agreed upon long-term goals is the best formula for the country as a whole.