If people are this bad at processing information, I can only imagine how screwed up other aspects of their lives must be. I would like to think this is just a handful of retards commenting on articles and not representative of any significant % of the population but I am not optimistic.
Remember that in America, the average credit card debt stands at $5,700. Fifty-seven percent of Americans don't have enough cash to cover a $500 emergency.
Think about those numbers.
So, yes, these same people are likely very much screwed up in other aspects of their lives.
If you don't have the basic sense to live on less than you make because the TV told you to buy stuff, it seems reasonable then to be scared out of your wits that everyone outside is dropping dead, left and right, also because the TV told you.