One year after a photograph and video of a thin, dying polar bear National Geographic alleged was near death due to climate change, the publication has finally admitted it was all fake news.
According to Fox News, the photographer of the polar bear, Cristina Mittermeier, admitted in an essay titled Starving-Polar-Bear Photographer Recalls What Went Wrong for National Geographic‘s August issue, they lost control of the narrative. Fox News also reveals:
Photographer Paul Nicklen and I are on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change. Documenting its effects on wildlife hasn’t been easy, Mittermeier wrote. With this image, we thought we had found a way to help people imagine what the future of climate change might look like. We were, perhaps, naive. The picture went viral — and people took it literally.
When the photograph and video were released, the result was an uproar on social media in which close to three billion people saw them. Almost immediately people started critiquing or picking apart the video and photo suggesting alternate explanations. It is clear this is something National Geographic did not expect and were later forced to admit they lied after it was determined that the bear story seemed too good to be true.
National Geographic is a publication of the National Geogrpahic Society and it used to be a good magazine that would expose its readers to geography, science and places in other parts of the world they may or may not be able to travel to. Then, around the late 1990’s, it somehow was taken over by environmentalists and started making the case for human-caused climate change.
Despite a slow, quiet take over by the Murdoch family, the magazine maintains its environmentalist bent. Despite this admission, Nat Geo will probably continue to try to make its case for human-caused climate change. Mistakes like this, to the Left, are only setbacks.