Churnalism at the Washington Post?

Did you see the story about women finding Tour de France leaders better looking than the also-rans? Or the one saying that gossip enhances group cooperation? Paul Raeburn did, and he calls out the Post for what the British call churnalism: "These stories showed up in one of the nation's leading newspapers — and in the science section, no less, where we can assume they were carefully reported. Alas, that would be an unwarranted assumption."