Atheists are multiplying exotic and unobserved entities to hold at bay a much simpler and more reasonable explanation for the evidence.
Of course it’s the very same assumption at work in the evolution debate, on the part of those who dismiss the suppression of intelligent design dissidents.
It’s a particularly crude example of how confirmation bias works — how else would you explain this story? — not only among lay people but among top researchers.
“How many other scientific disciplines have utterly failed to explain the salient phenomenon of the system they study?” I can think of one.