I know that "we" scientists are not angels. But we are not talking about morals or motives. We are talking about professional trustworthiness.And to Kit:
If you really mean "I'm personally interested in people stopped spreading FUD about scientists", then keep an open mind.
The mere fact that someone is a scientist (or claims to be one) does not make him a saint.
Sometimes even scientists have other motives than an academic discussion. Or is that so hard to grasp?
I'm still waiting for the actual references supporting your claims of "ample evidence that many, many scientists were quite willing to bend and distort the truth".