The journalist is focused on peeling away the layers and getting at the damaging truth.
Count the number of layers embedded in each cycle of thick and thin layers, and what do you find?
Low-hanging clouds nestle among the layers of mountains; horses and cows graze in the middle distance.
late 14c., "one who or that lays" (especially stones, "a mason"), agent noun from lay (v.). Passive sense of "that which is laid over a surface" first recorded 1610s, but because earliest English use was in cookery, this is perhaps from French liue "binding," used of a thickened sauce. Layer cake attested from 1881.
1832, from layer (n.). Related: Layered; layering.
layer lay·er (lā'ər)
A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment. v. lay·ered, lay·er·ing, lay·ers
To divide or form into layers.