Quite correct. But "the scientific method" does not fail because the guardians misbehave. You think this has never happened before?
Exposing the misbehavior of the guardians is itself part of the process of the scientific method.
Of course it has, but in past incidents, the exposure was done by other scientists within the scientific community, and not via "trial by newspaper/website/blog".
"Exposing the misbehavior of the guardians is itself part of the process of the scientific method."
Indeed, but the process has been so corrupted these days that going outside the normal channels of scientific discourse has been necessary. I don't recall any case where that course has ever been necessary before.
Of course, I'm glad that the "backup channel" was/is available, otherwise they might well have "gotten away with it".