I agree with NorthernHick. I am amazed how many politicians and news media quote facts that don't have any units. Like "he wants to cut the defense budget by 10 trillion dollars". None of them ever reference over what time period. 10 trillion over 100 years might be reasonable. They think we are to stupid to get it.
I've generally found it to be the other way around. Mainstream media journalists simply don't understand, for example, particle physics, and so they end up dealing with the subject matter in an overly simplistic way which is easy to understand but...well...wrong.