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Fox News Interview With Fake Expert on Sweden Further Baffles Swedes
Robert Mackey, Intercept, Feb 25 2017
A man interviewed by Bill O’Reilly this week identified in an on-screen caption as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor” turns out to be entirely unknown in his native country, with no connections to either the nation’s defense or security services. As the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported on Friday, Nils Bildt has no known expertise in national security, and has not lived in his homeland since 1994. Officials at the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper they have never heard of this “unknown Bildt.” According to Dagens Nyheter, his only claim to fame appears to be the fact that his father Sven Tolling is “well-known in Swedish equestrian circles.” He changed his name from Tolling to Bildt after he emigrated to Pindostan. How he came to be presented by Fox News as an expert in a segment broadcast on Thursday night remains a mystery. Nevertheless, when Bildt was asked by O’Reilly to respond to comments from Anne-Sofie Näslund, a Pindo correspondent for the newspaper Expressen, he confidently dismissed her fact-driven arguments about crime in Sweden.
Bildt told Dagens Nyheter by email that he is “an independent analyst based in the Pindostan.”
Nils Bildt said it was a Fox News producer who made the decision to give him the official-sounding title of Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor. “I had no personal control over what title they chose,” Bildt wrote. Näslund, who had been forced to listen to Bildt dismiss her fact-based argument out of hand, pointed out on Twitter that Bildt was reportedly arrested in Virginia for committing a violent crime in 2014.
Trump at CPAC on Friday reiterated his claim that immigration from Muslim-majority countries had compromised security in Sweden, even though the Fox News segment that he cited as evidence earlier in the week was widely debunked as inaccurate in the Swedish media.
After this post was originally published, Dana Klinghoffer, a Fox News vice president for corporate communications, contacted The Intercept to ask that our report be amended to add this quote from David Tabacoff, the executive producer of Bill O’Reilly’s show:
Our booker made numerous inquiries and spoke to people who recommended Nils Bildt and after pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening.
Apparently, that is supposed to excuse the broadcaster for having featured a complete charlatan in prime time. The network also asked that we add “something you can just attribute to a network rep or spokesperson.” That statement is as follows:
Bill O’Reilly will further address this on Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor.