When scientists "edit" data, its the equivalent of fake news. except for scientists it a career ending event, if caught. You cant edit data to make it look like how you know it should look, that's not an experiment or observation. The sensitivity of the sensors in large telescopes are, well astronomical, and a flash of up close light, like in low orbits, can render them useless for a while, if not destroy them.
As for writing off land base telescopes, there will be a lot of unemployed graduate students, post doc, and professors! screw them egghead elites, because Musk and other preverts need to be able to fast-forward through their porn without loosing the money shot, while touring Yemen or Tierra-del-Fuego.