Yesterday, FTVLive told you that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly got duped, or he had brought down his booking standards quite a bit.
Last week, O'Reilly's show featured a Swedish “defense and national security adviser” discussing the refugee situation in the country, but military and foreign affairs officials in Sweden had no idea who he was.
A man identified as Nils Bildt appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to link crime in Sweden to immigrants. “We are unable to socially integrate these people,” he said.
Sweden’s Defense Ministry and its Foreign Office told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that they didn’t know who Bildt was?
O'Reilly took to the air last night and gave what it his world is an apology. O'Reilly basically said that the guest was not who they said he was, but that everything he said was exactly right.
O'Reilly said, "We looked into the situation and the criticism is valid. It's valid. Mr. Bildt does consulting work on terrorism, that's 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."
In the Bill O world, this is as close as you're going to get to O'Reilly admitting he screwed up and he's sorry.