The chart below is from the Cryosphere Today and shows the sea ice anomaly for the short period of time (since 1979) we have been able to observe it by satellite. The chart is large so you need to click the thumbnail below to really see it:
OK, now looking at the anomaly in red, what do you see:
- A trend in sea ice consistent with a 100+ year warming trend?
- A sea ice extent that is remarkably stable except for an anomaly over the last three years which now appears to be returning to normal?
The media can only see #1. I may be crazy, but it sure looks like #2 to me.