This one is not actually on Donald Trump, although it might as well be. Bill O’Reilly’s fans are Trump supporters, and Trump supporters are Bill O’Reilly fans. Maybe not 100% People are a quirky bunch. But I’m sure most.
Bill O’Reilly. The man who invented the whole “War Against Christmas” nonsense.
Anyway, just a few days after Trump opened his mouth and talked about “an incident last night in Sweden” which he’d totally imagined while watching a documentary about emigrants, and a couple days after fans at a Trump speech were duped into waving Russian flags, and a day after Mike Pence, in a public message, confused the Nicaraguan Flag with the Israeli Flag (They look a bit alike, but it’s a mistake somebody should have spotted), O’Reilly had a guest, Nils Bildt, who was introduced as a Swedish Defense and Security Advisor.
That is technically true, but the Swedish government has never heard of the guy. There is a bit of an implication when you say that that he is a defense advisor to the Swedish government. Bildt has some experience with a firm that consults on hostage negotiations. Private sector.
So, O’Reilly didn’t technically lie, and he wasn’t even technically lied to, but there is a bit of an implication when you say that he is a Swedish Defense Advisor that he is a defense advisor to the Swedish government.
But that was no problem for Bill O’Reilly.
Part of the issue is the lack of regard for accuracy. Part of it is that it’s part of an ongoing pattern of saying ridiculous, easily disproved things about other countries, without much fallout at all.