Mittermeier conceded that the images of the bony, emaciated polar bear were meant to sound an alarm about climate change, though she complains that people took the image "literally."

"In retrospect, National Geographic went too far with the caption," says Mittermeier. (You think?!)

The "fake news" narrative was viewed by over 2.5 billion sets of eyes, becoming the magazine's most viral video in their history.

"Perhaps we made a mistake in not telling the full story — that we were looking for a picture that foretold the future and that we didn’t know what had happened to this particular polar bear," she wrote.

And wouldn't you know it, Mittermeier says she'd do it again if she had the chance, since, essentially, the images pushed a supposed larger truth. "The photographer says that her image became another example of 'environmentalist exaggeration,' but added that her intentions were 'clear' and that if she had the opportunity to share 'a scene like this one' again, she would," reports Fox News.

It's simply befuddling why there's such a lack of trust in media.


FAKE NEWS: 'Nat Geo' Photographer Admits Viral Photo Of Polar Bear 'Dying From Climate Change' Is False