In major media, there is always a potential Threat Level. Reporters feel it. Editors who assign reporters stories feel it. Even CEOs can feel it.
It happens when a story is about to break through containment and show the public that a cherished belief or institution is as phony as a three dollar bill.
Bells start ringing. Red flags go up.
Time to pull back. Time to lie. Time to pretend there is nothing to see.
If not, jobs will be on the line. Heads will roll. Continue reading