Journalists never seem to learn the very basics of science and health - at a minimum that the dose makes the poison. There are harmful things everywhere all the time and yet the average age expectancy is continues to edge higher. Its the form of the thing, the level present, and how it interacts with us that matters. Someone feeling
it is hurting them isn't evidence, but its always treated as more important than actual science.
These all fit the bill: someone mistakes correlation with causation, a journalist and neighbors jump on board, and then its davy vs. evil goliath. Repeat - and then you have people pulling millions in lawsuits for things that aren't actually harmful. Fear is more valid than fact.
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... ce/598366/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wisconsi ... lHEj8faOG7