A huge fault of it is public "education" which completely neglects to instruct people of the difference between correlation and causation. Sometimes I wonder if virtually anyone understands the distinction these days. News media sure as hell doesn't.
Now Google "p-hacking" (aka "data dredging") and you can see the excitingly sleazy depths to which "science" has sunk. The social "sciences" don't even bother with trivial things like "hypotheses" anymore. They just gather a bunch of data and announce results. Let the theories come to you!
Especially Google the story of Brian Wansink. I will bet my last El Morro (delicious) that 90% of the people on this board have read or heard at least one news item based on his work -- even if they didn't know it . . . .
By the way it's been proven since 2000 that storks deliver babies. http://robertmatthews.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/RM-storks-paper.pdf