After Media Matters Report, O'Reilly Admits He Lied About Swedish Defense "Advisor's" Credentials
Bill O'Reilly: "We Looked Into The Situation, And The Criticism Is Valid ... We Should Have Clarified That He Had No Direct Role With The Swedish Government"
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Fox host Bill O'Reilly admitted that the criticism against him was "valid" after Media Matters reported that guest Nils Bildt had no relationship with Swedish Defense forces and did not even live in Sweden. O'Reilly claimed his show looked into the "situation" and found that the criticism from "some left-wing people" and the Swedish government was "valid." From the February 27 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The Factor Tip of the Day, last week we did a segment on Sweden and its Muslim immigrant situation. Both sides were presented as always.
After the segment, some left-wing people objected to one guest, Nils Bildt, who was introduced by me as a Swedish Defense and National Security advisor. The Swedish government also weighed in, saying they've had no contact with Mr. Bildt.
Now, we looked into the situation and the criticism is valid. It is valid, Mr. Bildt does consulting work on terrorism, that is true, but we should have clarified that he had no direct role with the Swedish government. To be fair, the information we gave you in the segment was accurate, but in hindsight, a more relevant guest should have been used on the anti-immigrant side. You should also know that before the segment was booked, we asked the Swedish ambassador to appear. He declined, that invitation stands.