Maybe even easier! Politicians are professional charlatans whereas most scientists are novices. Even so, everything has a price and a scientist is no different!
What most people fail to realize is that when the "Scientist" replaced the Clergyman as the "Keepers of Truth" in Western Civilization is this, they are just as susceptible to the same human failings as anyone else. Just because someone has a Ph.D. doesn't necessarily mean they are honest, moral, just, or even, for that matter, very smart. The only thing we know for sure is that a very large sum of money was spent, and in many cases wasted, on a title. In some cases, it's really NOT that much different from days of yore when people of means used to buy titles from royalty and/or indulgences from the church, which if you think about it, was a big contributor as to why the Clergy fell from their exalted positions in society in the first place. Just saying. . .
I choose to remain anonymous because it's NOT about me. But, if you wanna email me, I go by Doc.