Asks a very important question "why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded"
Lots of reasons, Lying does not really help that much I should imagine.
On the wider issue, I would not worry about it, Newton believed in Alchemy, he was still a very great scientist.
Truth is a difficult thing, its a bit like taking a photo at a level crossing of the inside of the speeding train going past, it takes a lot of effort. Folks tend to get on with living their lives instead.