If you have a chance, I would recommend checking out the movie 'The Paper" from 1994. I think it has some direct bearing on our current situation.
I have not seen this movie in 17 years, but it left an impression. I will summarize briefly (again from a 17 year memory):
Michael Keaton is a editor or reporter of a NYC tabloid. There is a murder in the city and everyone is convinced that two african american youths are the perpatrators. A media circus surrounds the "perp walk". For some reason, Keaton's character believes that the kids are not guilty, and digs into the story further. Through his dogged journalistic investigation, he uncovers evidence of either who the real murder was, or evidence that the kids did not do it. In one climactic scene, Keaton bravely goes against the media onslought and changes the headline of the paper from "Got 'Em" to "They Didn't Do It". We need that kind of heroic journalistic effort today.
The kicker: When Keaton was trying to get a witness to speak on the record, he said something along the lines of "Yeah, good kids. Hate to see them prosecuted unfairly. The older one's going to Penn State this fall..."
Hope my memory did not fail me too badly. I am going to have to check the movie out again.