Don't believe me about the polar bears? Then just check out this excerpt from the National Geographic that came out three days ago.
See if you can catch what I am talking about regarding cherry-picking and obfuscation:
A large population of polar bears in Alaska and Canada has decreased by 40 percent since the start of the new millennium, new research shows. The number of the large predators living in the southern Beaufort Sea (map) plummeted from 1,500 animals in 2001 to just 900 in 2010, according to the study, published on November 17 in the journalEcological Applications. But there's a lot we don't know about the 18 other known polar bear populations, which are scattered throughout the U.S., Canada, Russia, Greenland, Norway, and Denmark, experts say. For instance, nine groups, which live in places like northern Siberia, are little studied due to the remoteness of their locations and lack of funding.
Of the most studied populations, four—including the southern Beaufort group—are declining, five are stable, and one, in north-central Canada's M'Clintock Channel (map), is actually increasing, scientists say.
Did you catch the cherry picking and obfuscation?
The region they are citing in the Beaufort Sea has seen a significant decreases in the polar bear population of some 40% from the period between 2000 and 2010. I wonder what the numbers are now, since the last 5 winters have seen below normal temps. Also, did you notice that the majority of the 18 other regions have not been studied?
Why? Well, the scientists need more money, of course. And the regions they did study are close to being evenly split as 4 groups are declining (they don't say by how much), 5 groups are stable, and one increasing (they don't say by how much). So maybe the title of the story should be "Incomplete Study of Polar Bear Population is Mixed." That is certainly not the title.
Lastly, Christopher Columbus has come under Leftist attack over the last two decades, as has the name Washington "Redskins." Again, these issues represent complicated events in history that upon close inspection are not so black and white as "Columbus was an exploiter of Native Americans who practiced genocide" or "The name "Redskins needs to be abolished because it is a symbol or racism against native people, as the term means the bleeding scalp, and not the color of their skin."
Time and time again you will see that the far, back-dated issues the Left attaches itself to are always the easiest to manipulate. And the reason for this is simply to declare themselves the experts, allowing them to grow the size of government. The Left accomplishes this through affirmative action programs, carbon-tax credits or even the elimination of free speech, which silences their political enemies.
In the end the Left believes that such corruption of facts and data will place them in control of a totalitarian government that limits the individual and strengthens the state. What the Left has completely underestimated is the intelligence and resolve of the American people, who in no way are going to buy into the cherry-picking, obfuscation or rewriting of history. No matter what names they call us.