Donald Trump’s “fake news” assault on the media, particularly outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, has reached disgusting new heights. Most recently, the undeserving POTUS condemned several legitimate networks that he didn’t like by banning them from a press gaggle over claims that they were dishonest – however, something truly ironic and infuriating has just been discovered about Trump’s favorite network, Fox News.
Fox News has previously been found as one of the most dishonest, inaccurate media outlets – yet Trump loves and praises them because the conservative network talks positively about him. But if Trump is actually serious about condemning “fake news,” he’s going to have to include Fox because what the network did this week is truly repulsive.
On The O’Reilly Factor this week, Fox News featured a guest that had false credentials, according to The Washington Post. The particular guest had appeared on a show on Thursday, in which Swedish journalist Anne-Sofie Naslund and “Swedish defense and national security advisor” Nils Bildt were featured to talk about immigration policy – but Bildt’s credentials were made up.
According to the report, the Post discovered via the Dagens Nyheter newspaper that Bildt is no Swedish defense and national security advisor – the Swedish Foreign Ministry and armed forces have never even heard of him. He is actually one of the founders of Modus World LLC, which provides consulting “and management of possible kidnap and ransom situations.”
To make matters even worse, when the Post reached out to Bildt, he told them that the false credentials were all Fox News’ doing. He said:
I made clear that I am an independent analyst.”
So basically, Fox News completely fabricated a character in order to help Trump out. In response, all Fox News said was this:
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.”
Pathetic. THIS is fake news, and Trump should be condemning it! You can watch the segment below:
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