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Complainant Name:
James Lucas

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


James Lucas complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had wrongly reported that male polar bears have been eating their cubs due to the pressures of climate change. This was incorrect: the usual behaviour of male polar bears is to eat cubs that do not belong to them.


The complainant was resolved when the newspaper removed the piece from its website and published an article headlined "Bear-faced liars" in Jeremy Clarkson's column which clarified that "since the dawn of time, male polar bears have eaten cubs". While - given the importance of the subject of climate change - the complainant would have ideally preferred a stand-alone correction, he acknowledged that there was a delay of two months since publication and accepted the matter as resolved.

Date Published: 25/02/2010

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