I don't know if it really succeeds but I think the Independent tries to be just that, independent and honest. Having said that, I have never seen any report in a paper about an incident that I had any involvement with, and therefore knew the real facts, that was accurate.
It is a great pity that our country now votes for the Party, Prime Minister or MP that the Sun chooses to support. Media is powerful, and so often selects the bits it wants you to hear and quotes them out of context so they appear to say the exact opposite of the genuine statement. With any luck this fiasco may start a move towards holding the media to account. Until now, no one in any position of authority would do that because everyone has a skeleton or two hidden away, however small and innocuous, that would devastate their careers if the papers chose to publish. And the papers know these little secrets, and if they don't know any, they invent them. There is a word for it: blackmail. And they use it all the time.
Sorry, soap boxing again.