The Merchants of Doubt documentary elaborates on what you have been described. http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org
We have under-estimated what it takes to prevent the ascent of the Evil Trinity: sociopathy, megalomania and narcissism. Disordered personalities and personality disorders do not stand for reason. We have failed to understand the complexities of these psychopathologies.
And it has arisen again to our peril.