Because of the Internet, we have unprecedented access directly to information, unfiltered by media sources. A good example is New York City's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been declared unconstitutional.
Here is the original opinion, courtesy of Google Scholar. Of course, legal opinions have been available on the Internet for a long time.
What is truly surprising that the actual Stop and Frisk statistics are available on the Internet, courtesy of the NYPD. Unfortunately, the statistics are in SPSS format, which appears to be a proprietary file format. However, everyone with IBM SPSS software and a little statistics knowledge can analyze the Stop and Frisk program for themselves.