Because the original piece framed it that way. Once the ball is rolling it's nearly impossible to stop. That's why people like the Penske family and Mohammed Bin Salman spend hundreds of millions on media companies like Deadline. It allows them to hold tremendous power and if we have emotions we are subject to it.
I linked an article below that was a mix of truth and conflated lies because of the emotional content of this thread that was generated by the Deadline article. If we think we are immune to the manipulative power of media than we are wrong.
Thanks for linking Howard Ho's piece, it's very good.