>right after she's first incarcerated the media crucifies her as an unstable narcissist with no morals who was bad enough before she got metahuman powers that let her become a criminal too
>her own shock jock contemporaries shit on her too, partly because that's their shtick, partly because they were jealous of her success and partly because they never liked her, because honestly who did?
>the only one who fights her corner is Clark, who gives a sympathetic and understanding account of her arrest and what her new powers have done to her psyche (with scientific help from STAR labs), and criticizes Superman for his handling of the situation
>Leslie finds out Clark's the only reporter outside of a Lexcorp-owned newspaper who constantly criticizes Superman and holds him to account for his mistakes, but always fairly and with devastating accuracy (it's like he was actually there when Superman fucked up that hostage rescue)
>he rekindles her belief in the power of the press and journalistic integrity which she gave up on for fame and fortune the fast and easy way, and she gets a huge crush on him in the process