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I've held my tongue a long time, but I need to get this off my chest and respond to the growing number of folks chanting "defund the media".
As one who has worked in public relations/public affairs, communications, and marketing/advertising for close to 20 years, I'd like you to consider what I have to say.
In Canada, journalists may join the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). The CAJ's widely cited Ethics Guidelines are intended to help both seasoned professionals and new journalists to hold themselves accountable for professional work.
Similarly, public relations professionals in Canada may join the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). The American equivalent is the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
There are bad apples in every mix, every profession. I don't deny that. Consider, however, that, while membership is voluntary and these professional organizations are not regulatory bodies, members are expected to abide by the association's or society's Code of Ethics.
Countless NON--members similarly hold themselves to the same high professional standard as members do.
In a democratic society, freedom of the press is guaranteed under the Canadian and American Constitutions. Moreover, the vision of most media outlets is determined by their respective editorial boards.
However, that is NOT to say that YOU, as one who consumes media have no recourse.
As a citizen in a democratic society in which freedom of expression is similarly guaranteed, you can, should you disagree with a particular slant, bias or article:

- contact the editorial board
- write an op/ed or rebuttal
- write a letter to the editor*
As a citizen in a democratic society in which freedom of expression is similarly guaranteed, you can, should you disagree with a particular slant, bias or article:

- contact the editorial board
- write an op/ed or rebuttal
- write a letter to the editor*
* I've written SEVERAL letters to the editor over the years, and every one has been published.

Every. Last. One.
In the case of broadcast media, complaints can be directed to the station manager and to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. If I'm not mistaken, the US equivalent to the CBSC is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If you're averse to mainstream media because of apparent bias or government/corporate influence, there are a number of independent and alternative media, including, but not limited to, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Democracy Now!, Aboriginal People's Television Network and Indymedia.
Alternative media tend to be non-commercial projects that advocate the interests of those excluded from the mainstream.
There is a ever-growing tide, too, of independent fact checkers and citizen journalists publishing and curating content across myriad platforms, including vlogs, blogs, YouTube and podcasts. Why not give it a go if mainstream media no longer appeals to you?
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