This captures it perfectly!
It is a mixture of universities wanting publicity, news outlets wanting to generate excitement and fear, and ignorance of how science works on the part of journalists and the public. The only thing the comic leaves out is the wild over-representation of counter-intuitive findings in the media, because of course they are news, and confirmation of existing views is not.
Hat tip: the agitator
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