While that may be, I know from personal experience over the past thirty years that the superstition is endemic among journalists, fostered in part by the mealy-mouthed, weaselly "verbs" entry in the Associated Press Stylebook, which implicitly endorses it. I don't know how this bogus rule is taught in journalism schools, having had the good fortune never to take a journalism class myself, but nearly every damn reporter adopts it. It is a badge of the profession, like madness among hatters or black lung among miners. It is one of the reasons, along with cop jargon and slang so old it wheezes, that so much journalism reads like non-native English. Hell, even Nigerian spammers know enough to allow an adverb between the auxiliary and main verb.