I don't think reporting on a minority opinion among researchers is such a horrible thing to do. Yes, he could have emphasized the fact that it is a minority opinion and said more about the counter arguments. What he did is point to an article in the NewScientist that does just that.
Any reporting on new theories within science will include things for which it is "too early to say yes to the question posed in the headline". And any such reporting can easily be criticized for "going straight for eyeballs".