The Danish Meteorological Institute would be surprised to hear this, as they show ice extent increasing and higher than 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011
Environmental reporters never do any investigate journalism. They simply parrot the lies of government climate scientists, and move on.
This particular BS began with Mark Serreze, whom Politifact (aka Google Ministry of Truth) uses as their standard expert for all topics he has no expertise in.
A few months ago it was clear that the decision had already been made to declare a record low in 2015. There was a lot of propaganda circulating about it at that time, and the actual data never made any difference.