Days after it broadcast a documentary on immigrant terror in Sweden that led President Donald Trump to believe that there had been a terror attack in Sweden, Fox News called in an "expert" of Swedish national security.
Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly was in conversation with a man identified as "Swedish defense and national security adviser" Nils Bildt. The two discussed the dangers of opening borders to battered, helpless refugees, a move that, according to Trump, cost Sweden.
In line with Fox News' outlook of the world, Bildt blamed the refugees for the social problems in Sweden, and claimed that the stubbornness of liberals meant that the country was inching toward disaster.
According to Bildt, refugees cannot assimilate in Sweden, and so far, politicians have no strategy to integrate them into the society.
However, after the show aired, many in Sweden and America were puzzled about the credentials of Nils Bildt. Practically no one in defense circles had heard of the guy, and those who had were unsure if he could be called a national security adviser.
The Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they did not know who Bildt is.
According to his website, Bildt is a founding member of a geopolitical strategy and security consulting business. His experience apparently includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on defense matters.
However, security experts in Sweden had to jog their memory when they heard the name.
"He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate," Swedish Defence University leadership professor Robert Egnell said by email to the Associated Press on Saturday.
Egnell and Bildt, known then as Nils Tolling, were enrolled in a war studies program in King's College London in 2002-03. Bildt moved to Japan soon after.
Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, also discredited Bildt's claims.
"After pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening," executive producer of "The O'Reilly Factor" David Tabacoff said in a statement.
Twitter obviously delighted in this error.
Fox News is totally out of hand! First Nils Bildt and now this?? pic.twitter.com/Jja99wGtD7— Adam Friesendorff (@Farbrokado) February 24, 2017
Fox embarrasses itself with fake Swedish "expert" Nils Bildt. Can we pls get back to the *real* talking heads who know nothing about Sweden?— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 25, 2017