I just happened to come across this story, where a journalist took some garbled data and spun a false tale which then got spread without question.
It’s a problem. First, it’s a problem that people will repeat unjustified claims, also a problem that when data are attached, you can get complete credulity, even for claims that are implausible on the face of it.
So it’s good to be reminded: “Data” are just numbers. You need to know where the data came from before you can learn anything from them.