Why on Earth does the media print sensationalist nonsense over and over again? We know of at least three reasons: (1) It cares more about internet traffic (and $$$) than anything else; (2) science journalists often have no formal education in the field; and (3) university press offices purposefully exaggerate their research.
Fracking Press Release June 13 2014 (1)
GM Press Release March 2014
Nicotine Release Jan 2014