The modern disdain for science is in large part fueled by a vast and all-encompassing conflict of interest derived from the merger of science and corporatism. Studies are funded by monied interests. Scientists do not report or publish vast numbers of studies with results that contradict a narrative they have been paid to push, but do publish those that confirm what their backers want confirmed. Most studies these days cannot be replicated, and there is little impetus for scientists to even try. The result is a tidal wave of junk science washing over the modern world, drowning people in an ocean of disinformation.
This is not the fault of science as a discipline or of the scientific method as a means of garnering knowledge. It is simply an inevitable consequence of scientific truth being at odds with the agendas of powerful interests. An overt example is what’s best for the globe vs. what’s best for vested fossil fuel interests vis-à-vis global warming, and how that plays out in the world of science and the media. Less overt examples exist in virtually every department of every university and research institution in virtually every corner of the world.
Good luck convincing people to believe science or scientists when billions of dollars of money have corrupted those scientists and have been used to wage war on science, itself.