Now at least I can answer my own question... YES!!!!
Journalists are likely not self-censoring out of fear of the government as the only reason - but out of fear of losing their job since their corporate owners have their own agendas in the name of money grubbing and are of course in bed with the current power brokers.
Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955