August 17, 2018

Alarmists don’t regret using fake “starving” polar bear to push climate change “snow job”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

In December 2017, a video captured by a photographer for the ocean conservation group Sea Legacy featuring an ailing polar bear, went viral with the help of National Geographic.


According to them, it was definitive proof that climate change was causing an extinction of polar bears. The caption on the video said: This is what climate change looks like.

Except it wasn’t. It was evidence of the life cycle of an apex predator at the top of the food chain with no natural predators to claim them before disease and old age take them.

It took nearly eight months, and unending criticism from people who know something about polar bears and the North, but now National Geographic is admitting they were wrong about the bear.

Even the photographer who captured the images on Somerset Island, Cristina Mittermeier, says National Geographic went too far with their caption.

And National Geographic agrees, leaving this editorial note on a story in their August 2018 edition:

“National Geographic went too far in drawing a definitive connection between climate change and a particular starving polar bear in the opening caption of our video about the animal. We said, ‘This is what climate change looks like.’ While science has established that there is a strong connection between melting sea ice and polar bears dying off, there is no way to know for certain why this bear was on the verge of death.”

Except despite all the constant fear-mongering about melting sea ice, bear populations are increasing.

National Geographic has published another version of the video, with a new tagline: “This is what a starving polar bear looks like.”

But according to the photographer, 2.5B people were reached by that footage so the damage was already done.

This one example of fake news has touched about one third of the world's population.

And, despite sounding sincere about getting it wrong, they’re not.

But, they aren’t alone in their dishonesty. Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change tweeted that the bear was evidence of climate change, and her tweet remains.

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commented 2018-08-19 02:56:17 -0400
Good one Muta Ween!… And how about a few Greenpeacers to munch on also???
commented 2018-08-18 09:09:53 -0400
The big problem with the Arctic is a lack if diversity. We need a program to move black and brown bears up there to help the Polar Bears cope with climate change.
commented 2018-08-18 02:18:12 -0400
When Al Gore was born there were around 7000 Polar Bears , now only 30,000 remain. We must do something.
commented 2018-08-18 02:11:28 -0400
And hey, tell me if I’m wrong, but Scientific American is also going down the same path?
commented 2018-08-18 02:09:58 -0400
It’s a damn shame what National Geographic has become in recent years… When I was growing up it was the source of many “real life” stories and kids in all schools were encouraged to read it rather than comics… As I recall, NG was founded by the Grosvenor family who were related to Alexander Graham Bell via marriage to one of their daughters who was deaf… That was the era of the birth of the telephone and “sign language” so that Bell could “talk” to his wife… I think it was around the time that ownership of NG passed from the Grosvenors to the current owners that the blatant B.S. started to masquerade as reality… Whether it’s polar bears or climate change, they are now no better than the other fake news media in pushing an ubsustantiated “greenie” agenda… And that’s why I haven’t bought an issue in the past 15 years or so…
commented 2018-08-17 21:02:34 -0400
Why is the tweet from the Minister of AirMiles still allowed to stand?!!
commented 2018-08-17 19:26:45 -0400
I worked north of Inuvik a few years back and the locals said there have never been so many polar bears, best they could ever remember, but then again, what do they know?
commented 2018-08-17 19:01:13 -0400
National Geographic is another fake science outfit that spreads nothing but lies about the global warming scam.
commented 2018-08-17 18:59:38 -0400
Great job Sheila!