'Swedish national defence and security adviser' unknown to government officials
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:48
During the show on Thursday, the network invited Swedish journalist Anne-Sofie Naslund and "Swedish defense and national security advisor" Nils Bildt to talk about the country's immigration policy. Likewise, the Swedish Foreign Office said, "We do not know who he is".
It took Fox News, the very media outlet that provided Trump with the report on the "chaos" in Sweden, a week to find an authentic analyst who would explain, once and for all, what is really happening in the Scandinavian country. As it turns out, Nils Bildt isn't even the man's real name and he has no affiliation with any Swedish defense or security organs. "We don't want to feel uncomfortable, so we expose ourselves to select information so we feel good about ourselves", says Clare Wadel, research director at First Draft, a nonprofit that advocates for truth in the digital sphere.
He linked immigration to social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: "We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people", arguing that politicians lacked a systematic plan to do so. "You can not have a debate - an open and honest debate - in Sweden about immigration, because if you don't agree with the liberal common agenda, then you are viewed as an outsider or not even taken seriously".
It emerged Bildt - who spoke about crime in Sweden - is in fact a convict himself.
According to Dagens Nyheter, Nils Bildt was born Nils Tolling, who emigrated to the United States in 1994 and changed his name in the early 2000s. The translated Göteborgs-Posten article reported that Bildt now lives in Japan. The paper also alleges that he was sentenced to one year in prison in 2014 for assault and battery in Virginia in 2014, an allegation seemingly supported by court records.More news: Copeland: Nia Griffith fails to support Corbyn in interview
The critic was forced to issue an apology after Sweden issued a statement denying Bildt was who he purported to be.
O'Reilly is expected to address the issue on his show Monday.
Reached via email, Bildt initially said that he did not dispute anything in the Dagens Nyheter report, though he noted that he had not chosen the title with which he was attributed by Fox News.
Fox News's "The O'Reilly Factor" this week featured a guest with inaccurate credentials, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Fox News, however, is standing behind its claim that Bildt was a qualified guest.