I do wonder how that started
I never paid close attention to the story, but friends that did, depicted the story to me w elements of heroism.
It was like the narrative was written to conjure sympathy.
But looking back - I can't see how if you believed the official story, how this guy could be heroic to anyone. I must have missed something in the way the media portrayed it early in the narrative which many picked up on.
Of course CNN pretends this effect on its viewership is just some illegitimate child - looking desperately for the real father who couldn't possibly be themselves. No way is CNN to blame for any heroic suggestions, I'm sure.