Most of the creationists I know also believe in evolution!
I think most people, including journalists, have some vague concept that the theory incorporates some form of intelligent design. How else to make sense of the recurring headlines that say we are "evolving toward" something or that some species is "more evolved"? How is that possible if there is not a plan that is being followed?
Or maybe they just prattle on with no idea of what the theory actually is.