When it comes to scientific and historical matters, I have pretty much the same attitude. The authorities and reporters generally get it about right, with no doubt some reporters going overboard and getting details that don't really matter to me personally screwed up. The prevailing science about something is far more likely to have it about as right as it can be.
We have to remember that the world is full of people with agendas that are served by spreading lies. Often these are personal notions about the world, or derived from religion, or in various other ways generated by a desire that the scientists be wrong. Well, they generally aren't, and science is far more self-correcting than any other human activity.
Also you can't ignore the law suites filed against so many doctors for administrating wrong treatments that lead to death of the patient.
No need to trust the expert blindly anymore, we are in the information age and we can find out for ourselves.The internet is a boon.
Science will not accept abstract art as an explanation for any hypothesis, in science the evidence is treated more literally i.e If i see a bust with an elongated head and neck then i will deduce that the person's head was bound and the neck elongated using neck rings especially if these practices as still prevalent on the same continent.
Either ways there is not much Science in what we are debating here anyways.