"You won’t find out unless you actually look.”
The public and news media should keep in mind that science is a system of organized skepticism. And it's that way for a good reason; skepticism keeps us from drawing unwarranted conclusions from what we observe.
The Drake Equation is a thought problem created in 1961 by Astronomer Frank Drake to produce a number meant to indicate how many intelligent and detectable civilizations may exist in the Milky Way galaxy which is our home in the Universe.