The fakest network in news, Fox News, managed to step in it again during a hamfisted effort to vindicate Trump’s lies about Sweden.
On Bill O’Reilly’s program this week, the conservative host had a supposed “Swedish security expert” on to paint a scary picture of refugees in the Scandinavian country. His job was simple: Make Trump’s obvious lies about terror attacks in Sweden seem more plausible. The “expert” O’Reilly found was a man named Nils Bildt, a Swedish emigre to the United States who was introduced as an “advisor on Swedish defense and national security.” He parroted several right-wing talking points about Sweden’s crime rates – many of which have already been debunked.
But it’s hard to blame Bildt for blatantly spreading falsehoods, despite Fox’s job description, he’s not an expert. In fact, he’s a random guy with a violent criminal record who has lived in the United States for nearly 25 years. You’d be hard pressed to find a less knowledgeable “expert.” Nice work, Fox!
Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter grew suspicious when they saw the segment. What tipped them off? Well, for starters, nobody knew who the hell this random guy was. Looking into him, they found an astonishing fraud.
On Thursday discussed Sweden again in Fox News. Invited as an expert to the profile of Bill O’Reilly’s program was a man named Nils Bildt, who spoke about the problems of crime in major Swedish cities and suburbs. He was introduced as “Swedish defense and national security adviser,” but according to DN not known by either the Armed Forces or the Ministry.
He is known to the criminal justice system though. He was sentenced to one year in prison in 2014 for “violence against the civil servant and abuse” when he threatened an official in a court case.
Bildt himself says Fox News fabricated his job title, telling DN that he had “no control” over what they put on the screen.
This use of fake experts to justify their lies seems to be a common problem at the conservative network. Fox infamously featured a guy named Wayne Simmons as a “former CIA agent” to bash President Obama whenever needed. He turned out to be a drug trafficker, a nightclub bouncer, and… a liar. He was eventually sentenced to prison for lying about his CIA credentials. (He also scammed a woman out of her savings in a real estate fraud.)
It’s almost as if Fox News knows the facts aren’t on their side so they settle for shady con men to perpetuate their talking points. Almost.
Watch the Fox News fail below:
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