If there was a better way to make all of mankind look utterly clueless I am not aware of it.
The only people who saw this coming were Robert Felix, Whitley Streiber, a handful of cranks and fringe nuts including me ... and most of the real scientists around the globe. Knowing now how easy it is to fool almost all seven billion people on the planet I have trouble believing that anyone could trust government funded "scientists" ever again for any reason.
Reality nowadays is only of interest to a tiny eclectic spectrum of enthusiasts. The rest just don't have any natural curiosity about the real world. That is why it is always taking them by surprise when it intrudes upon their fantastic group delusions.