well it depends on the Scientific community's willingness to consider what is presented.
If lies and propaganda pollute our media - would we be more or less willing to seek out the truth?
I couldn't beleive the brash extent of McCarthyism and the rest of the world's blind acceptance to avoid false labeling.
Also there has to be a line drawn between whats shown on the media and whats actually happening. Media bias was exponential during the last 8 years. Some saw Fox news as a channel for made up hogwash and scare tactics, others believed it more than the bible. How often do we question the news?
Heath Ledger overdosed on drugs
Heath Ledger abused prescription medication
Heath Ledger took a highly frowned upon combination of depression medication
So when do believe and stop believing the news? Some of us, regardless of educational background would believe what we're told. Some would actually question it. However most would take it as it is and couldn't be bothered to seek out the validity of what is being present.