I seriously doubt the Media was “threatened” into silence. Willing cooperation seems more plausible.
I have a close relative that works as a reporter for one of the largest financial newspapers and news services in the world.
This relative states that most reporters are highly compartmentalized, they have ethics rules that do not allow them to influence one another on what they think should be reported. And their assignments have to be authorized by an editor.
If a news service or newspaper were to have 1000 reporters and editors, it would only take silencing 1 or 2 of them in order to silence all the remaining.
If an editor says drop the story, the story is dropped.
If the editor’s boss says to drop a story, the story is dropped.
If the corporate news executive says to the editor’s boss to drop the story, the story is dropped.
If the corporate news executive is threatened with suspension of license to broadcast or print certain news, that news is not reported.
Indeed all along these chains of authorities, people are not willing to risk their jobs to expose the truth. On the other hand, they don’t have the information to weigh where the truth might lead or to know with confidence what is accurate.
I think if Sheriff Arpaio makes headway with his investigation, this could gather momentum in much the same way that Watergate gathered momentum. At some point the press will no longer be able to ignore what is going on and the momentum will begin to build to a crescendo.
The truth will set us Free. It can’t be hidden forever and when it comes out I bet its going to stink to high heaven.