It turns out that geomagnetic storms and electron fluxes occur predominantly before or after the famed high-energy solar activity part of the sun's cycle, per one of NOAA's nifty reports, graph on page 3.
Media attention to the solar cycle has been driven by climate change deniers who try to deceive people into believing that heat waves and droughts are only cyclic, ignoring the overdrive of anthropogenic global warming. That denier deception is far more sinister than the, "Ignore the man behind the curtain," moment in the Wizard of Oz, even though both are attempts to deflect attention away from what is really happening.
The earth is accumulating heat even during the slow parts of the solar cycle, important to mention. Yet mainstream media should also pay attention to other aspects of the solar cycle.
Why would we care about it? Geomagnetic storms, proton surges and electron fluxes, what about them? They affect electronics. They affect power grids and pipelines. As we turn away from coal and oil (and I hope nuclear) we have protect and sustain the electronic culture and the devices that displace carbon energy.