Fox News Invites Fake Swedish Defense Advisor to Clarify Trump's Remarks

Miranda GreerФев 28, 2017

Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday, when he was identified during an interview on The O'Reilly Factor as a "Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor".

"We have no spokesman by that name", Marie Pisäter, of the Defense Ministry, told Dagens Nyheter. The company, which says it is based in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo, offers a variety of consulting services, including the "operations and management of possible kidnap and ransom situations", according to its website, and reports in the Japanese media suggest Bildt was involved a number of hostage negotiations involving Japanese citizens.

"I made clear that I am an independent analyst", Bildt told the Post, noting he did not choose the credentials under which he was introduced.

Nils Bildt said it was his professional opinion that crime was running rampant in Sweden because of an influx in migration.

The critic was forced to issue an apology after Sweden issued a statement denying Bildt was who he purported to be.

Fox News's coverage of Sweden has become a subject of debate over the past week, after President Trump referred to "what's happening" in the country during a rally in Florida last weekend.

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David Tabacoff, the executive producer of "The O'Reilly Factor", defended the booking.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the USA since President Donald Trump invoked "what's happening last night in Sweden" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally February 18.

Bildt previously claimed that it was Fox News, and not himself, which chose the official-sounding job description. In an email to "Dagens Nyheter", he said he was "unaware of the allegations" and therefore could not comment.

"Had I spent a year in prison, I would think I would remember it", he said. He pursued a graduate degree in war studies at King's College London but dropped out in the first year, according to classmate Robert Egnell.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven scolded Trump, saying leaders should "take responsibility for verifying any information that we spread". After stumped Swedish officials contacted the White House to find out what had happened, Trump clarified that he had been watching Fox the previous night and listened to a conservative filmmaker talk about rising crime rates and immigrants.

In a statement sent by email to The Local, the American media giant said that Bildt was recommended for the interview with presenter Bill O'Reilly.

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