Monday, February 27, 2017

Fake News Channel Fox Also Manufactures Fake "Experts" To Bolster The Lies It Feeds Its Hapless Viewers


Bill O'Reilly just making up his own "facts"

Trump and Putin re working furiously to reshape access to the minds of their followers, primarily by undermining public confidence in the media. Putin actually has media people who step too far out of line murdered. So far Trump has resisted that particular authoritarian impulse. But it's early yet.

While Trump and his regime were intensifying their campaign against the NY Times and the TV networks last week, the Putin regime was accusing The Times, Bloomberg and NBC of spreading false information about Mother Russia. American polls show that, by wide margins, Americans have more faith in the media than in either Trump or Putin, both of whom are widely seen as congenital liars and manipulators.

New PPP survey

Rememeber Hillary's "vast right wing conspiracy?" Trump and Putin are just cogs-- big ones-- in that wheel. But they're not alone. Yesterday the Daily Mail took a closer look at Fox News' attempt to justify Trump's crackpot statements about Sweden by airing an interview by Bill O'Reilly-- a master of fake news-- with a make believe Swedish national security advisor. Fox should lose its license to broadcast because of this incident. Seems harsh? I don't think so. Let's look into who Nils Bildt is.

Sweden may be laughing at Fox and Trump but Americans shouldn't be. Bildt is just a random right-wing nut from Sweden who O'Reilly and Fox tried portraying as a national security official to give credence to his reactionary, xenophobic ravings. The government of Sweden has denounced him as an imposter. Let's hope Trump doesn't appoint him to the National Security Council with all the other crackpots he's "accidentally" put onto that body!
[I]f viewers might have taken the 'advisor' for a government insider, the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of him.

In fact Bildt is an 'independent analyst' who moved to the US in 1994. He describes himself as a founding member of Modulus World LLC,  a corporate geopolitical strategy and security consulting business which has offices in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo.

In his bio, Bildt boasted of his expertise on defense and national security issues. He said he had served as a naval officer, worked for Japanese officials and had written books on creating business opportunities in hostile environments.

But security experts in Sweden said he wasn't a familiar figure in their ranks in that country.

'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.

He and Bildt-- also known then as Nils Tolling-- were in a master's degree program in war studies together at King's College London in 2002-2003, and Bildt moved to Japan soon after, he said.

Bildt has since admitted that he is merely an 'independent analyst' and says Fox knew as much when it booked him to appear on the show.

He told the Washington Post he made it 'clear' to producers before going on-air that he did not work in official capacity. In his response to Mediate, he said his job title wasn't the issue.

'Sorry for any confusion caused, but needless to say I think that is not really the issue. The issue is Swedish refusal to discuss their social problems and issues.'

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, who has a brother and son with the same name, said he believed the man was cashing in on his family's political pull.

The executive producer of The O'Reilly Factor said Bildt was recommended by people the show's booker consulted with while making numerous inquiries about potential guests.

'After pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening,' executive producer David Tabacoff said in a statement.

The network said O'Reilly was expected to address the subject further on Monday's show.

Bildt's appearance comes  a week after Donald Trump appeared to refer to a terror attack in Sweden which never happened.

The president cited 'what's happening in Sweden right now' during a speech on terror across Europe, prompting many to deduce he was out of touch with facts.

President Trump later said he was in fact referring to the country's immigration issues that he'd read on Fox News.

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At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... duh!!! They been doin this for decades. And NOW we notice???

This is the fault of voters. We elected the addled dipshit Reagan who let future pnac run his admin while he watched TV with "mommy" (though not news or even fake news). Sound a little familiar?

We voters never cared when he abolished the fairness and equal time FCC doctrines. We didn't care when the ownership rules were gutted paving the way for corporate consolidation. We never spoke up as fox veered right, then alt-right, then fantasy right. We didn't object when breitbart and their ilk started up and began manufacturing outrageous shit to hurt people and entities that helped people... mostly women.
Finally, a few of us noticed how the media (chasing every single nickel of profit available, being their SOLE CONCERN) gave drumpf 5X the coverage of the rest of the R clown car combined and 2X the entire D primary slate combined. We wondered if all the free press would help him, seeing as how even though they REPORTED a shitload about the whiny little bitch, they almost never brought up that most of what he said is lies, bombasity, demagoguery and lies. Did I mention lies?

The president of CBS famously said that drumpf wasn't good for the country but he WAS good for CBS (profitability).

If americans hadn't had their heads and both thumbs up their asses for 40 years, maybe this wouldn't have happened.

But we did/do and it has. Now what?

There *IS* no organic fix. No way society will force megacorporations to revert back to 1970 and certainly no way pure greed of corporate boards will ever fix themselves.

The only fix is to nationalize all media, revoke several charters and sell what's left off in pieces. But that is not appetizing either.

Maybe we just ride the plane to the scene of the crash and hope there are no survivors in first class after the fire burns itself out.


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