Don't trust the media, don't trust them to be honest and truthful. It doesn't matter if it's the BBC or the Podunk, NC monthly gazette. If a media outlet comes around your group, club, event, or house asking you to give an interview or make a statement - don't do it without your own recording (audio and video) of the exchange. As you can see here, the media is full of ass clowns who selectively edit to push an agenda. Just as they will want you to sign a media release form, you should require them to to sign one too and get all names of those involved (camera guy, sound guy, interviewer...everyone).
You can protect and defend your life with a firearm, protect and defend your integrity and reputation with these two pieces of gear. Don't do an interview without them.