Watchdogs need more teeth as well as public and industry support.

Dateline: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

by John Gordon Miller, Ryerson University

In a new questionnaire about the future of press councils in Canada, we are asked, “In your opinion, how accountable are news organizations to the publics they serve?”

I suspect almost no one will answer “very accountable.”

About the only useful thing you can do if you object to something published in a newspaper these days is (a) write a letter to the editor, or (b) sue them. Success depends on (a) whether they decide to publish it, and (b) whether you’ve got a lot of time and money and don’t mind losing. read entire story here