ABC NEWS WATCH made a follow up complaint that suggested the report lacked balance:
We are happy to report that ABC Audience and Consumer affairs have upheld this complaint and have now amended the original story to include alternate views by an Inuit leader who suggested that Polar Bear Cannibalism was not out of the ordinary. We believe our involvement in raising these issues has resulted in a more balanced report.
ABC CORRECTION NOW READS:
ABC News OnlineOn December 5, in an article about the melting of Hudson Bay sea ice in Canada, the ABC used the heading that climate change was “driving polar bears to cannibalism”. The story explained that the sea ice which the bears need to walk across when hunting, was not appearing until weeks later than usual. This means the bears had a shortage of food and there had been cases reported of the bears eating cubs for food. The ABC acknowledges that polar bears are not necessarily driven towards cannibalism because of climate change; this claim should have been attributed to conservationists. The heading has been changed to: “Climate change drives polar bears to cannibalism, conservationists say”. Also, the story did not include sufficient balance and reaction of an Inuit spokesman to the cannibalism claims was added to the story.
The editor's note added the story reads:
Editor's note (December 23): The headline on this story has been changed to make it clear that conservationists are saying climate change is driving polar bears to cannibalism. On February 9, the reaction of an Inuit spokesman to the cannibalism claims was added to the story.