On a Thursday segment of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as a “Swedish defense and national security advisor.”
Mr. Bildt argued that immigration had led to considerable social problems in Sweden, and said that the country’s liberal leanings meant that people who shared his opinion on the subject were being “viewed as outsiders.”
But it turns out that Bildt may be even more of an outsider than the show seemed to indicate. Swedish officials in the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office said that they had never heard of Bildt, and that he was not associated with any part of Sweden’s government.
“We have no spokesman by that name,” Marie Pisäter of the Ministry of Defense told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The segment was the second time in under a week that a strange political happenstance in the United States left many Swedish officials scratching their heads. The first was a comment by President Trump during a rally in Florida which seemed to imply that a terrorist attack or immigrant-related had happened the previous day in Sweden, even though nothing of the sort had been reported.
“We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Mr. Trump said at the time. “Sweden, who would believe this?”
Bildt echoed many of Trump’s worries about immigration policy during the Thursday segment, speaking about crime and “socially deviant activity” in Swedish cities related to the influx of migrants into the country.
Bildt’s appearance comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the “fake news” phenomenon on…