You are probably right. My take on it is that it is just another example of how ignorant and out of touch with the real (meaning THE NATURAL) world most people are today. This is the reason organizations who claim to represent nature, (honeybees included) like PETA, HSUS, and organizations opposed to scientific advances that reduce the amount of insecticides sprayed on crops, can lie to the media through their false teeth.
There are very few "News reporters" anylonger who have the intelligence or perhaps who are willing to invest their time, to sift through and separate the trash news from the news treasures. These "reporters" repeat their own foolish pre or mis-conceptions in print or on video yet expect us to fall over ourselves to be first in line to pat them on the back.