We are (for the most part) sheep. When one news story breaks, suddenly it's being repeated across the nation almost verbatim. Reminds me of the college kid that used a new expression on the radio when he was reporting a sports play that broke the game open. He said, and then, "boom goes the dynamite". A week later, every sports talking head in America was saying "boom goes the dynamite". Everyone copies everyone else. Fake news or "confirmation bias" takes on a life of it's own. Analysts and writers trying to keep their jobs read or listen to what their competition is saying and then borrow from their insight (which was borrowed from someone else, who also borrowed from someone else, etc., etc.) until the story takes on a life of it's own even if it's totally bogus and pretty soon, an opinion becomes carved in stone as fact simply because everyone built their opinions on the backs of others' opinion - and when it started, they were talking out their a$$ and suddenly it's gospel.
I have to assume that the Giants' scouting team, front office, and coaches ignore everything on the fan sites and fan magazines. At least I hope so.