Swedish Police Featured in Fox News Segment Trump Cited: That Filmmaker Is a Madman

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Proving once again that there’s nothing the right wing won’t try to defend when it’s pushed out there by one of their demagogic leaders, the Right Wing Unison Parrots’ Chorus is screaming that TRUMP WAZ RIGHT! about terrorism caused by immigrants in Sweden. Never mind what the Swedish government says, or what people who live there say — they’re all LYING because they secretly want to install shariah law!

Why does Trump need intelligence briefings or meetings with embassy officials when he can get all the information he needs from Fox News?

If you think my characterization of the Unison Parrots’ Chorus is an exaggeration, just take a look around a few right wing blogs today. Or check out the nonsense being spread around the Internet by Alex Jones crony Paul Joseph Watson, who says it’s “commonplace to hear explosions when you’re walking down a street in Malmo.”

Meanwhile, the Swedish police officers who were interviewed in that Fox News segment Trump cited are now publicly saying that the maker of the film about immigrants used in that segment deceptively edited their interviews, and they’re calling the filmmaker “a madman.”

Which sounds about right.

Two Swedish police officers were interviewed in the film. Anders Göranzon and Jacob Ekström answered questions about how weapons are becoming more accessible. Horowitz also asked the officers about how crime has spread through cities. But the police officers now say that their answers were taken out of context, and are very critical of how their comments were portrayed on Fox News ”Tucker Carlson Tonight”. ”I don’t understand why we are a part of the segment. The interview was about something completely different to what Fox News and Horowitz were talking about”, says Anders Göranzon.

Why were you interviewed?

”It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn’t any focus on migration or immigration”.

How did you react to the news segment?

”We don’t stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism.”

Anders Göranzon continues: ”It feels like hell. The real questions should be shown along with our answers. We don’t own the rights to the film, but the end result is that we don’t want to talk to journalists after this. We can’t trust each other.”

Have you done anything to stop the news segment?

”We just saw it. What can we do? One thing is talking to you. The excerpt they showed doesn’t say anything, we answered a different question. We don’t stand behind what he says. He is a madman.”

So basically, we’re talking about a Swedish version of James O’Keefe here.

Trump, of course, is doubling down on his idiotic smears of Sweden.

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38 comments

1
Dr. Matt  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:13:03am

Repost from down below:

2
nines09  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:13:42am

What totalitarian tendencies?

3
b.d.  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:15:54am

James Ö’Keefe?

4
b.d.  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:17:02am

France almost sued FoxNews for fake news, time for Sweden to do the same.

5
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:17:35am

Isn’t the President supposed to receive, oh I dunno, a Classified Daily Briefing that contains accurate information gathered especially for his eyes by intelligence professionals? So he doesn’t have to rely on shit like Infowars?

This is NOT NORMAL.

6
jaunte  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:17:58am

Francois: Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?

Clouseau: The expløding kind.

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jaunte  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:20:58am

Getcher Zero Principles, right here!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:21:05am

The Big Picture and the Higher Truth that Fox News, and by extension, Trump, (who is now a mouthpiece of Fox News rather than the other way around), is enlightening us on is that Sweden is a crime-ridden, terror-traumatized socialist hell-hole, and America should do everything it can to avoid going down that road…

9
nines09  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:22:02am

re: #5 The Vicious Babushka

An entire segment of our population only hears what Rush, Alex, Fox and Sean say. Nothing else. Nothing. Steve Bannon knows that. Propaganda doesn’t come from loudspeakers on trucks or poles in the street. It comes from a cable news channel and the radio.

10
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:22:39am
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KGxvi  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:25:31am

re: #7 jaunte

When you’ve lost Jonah Goldberg…

12
The Vicious Babushka  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:27:05am
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Joe Bacon  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:27:34am

So when is Sweden going to recall their ambassador?

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A wild WITHAK appeared!  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:27:52am

dis gon be gud

15
jaunte  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:29:25am
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Targetpractice  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:30:42am

re: #15 jaunte

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That’s only part of it. Paedophilia in conjunction with homosexuality is what did it. They were prepared to die on that hill when it was Josh Duggar they were defending. Only when it became too obvious that he was a sick SOB that they turned on him.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:31:21am

re: #14 A wild WITHAK appeared!

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dis gon be gud

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:32:21am
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Kragar  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:32:48am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:34:04am

re: #12 The Vicious Babushka

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Your boyfriend? Hey Joe, seventh grade gym class is that way, Deadbeat Dad.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:34:42am

re: #14 A wild WITHAK appeared!

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dis gon be gud

Stick a fork in him, he’s done with the American right.

22
EPR-radar  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:34:56am

re: #19 Kragar

Naturally a fascist-enabler like Joe Walsh is all-in on normalizing “Enemy of the People” language as applied to the media.

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Joe Bacon  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:35:35am

Looks like Milo’s heading for a well deserved fall. He’ll wind up just another washed up crackhead strolling the streets for his next rock.

Moral of the story—Karma strikes back when you least expect it!

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:36:40am

re: #16 Targetpractice

That’s only part of it. Paedophilia in conjunction with homosexuality is what did it. They were prepared to die on that hill when it was Josh Duggar they were defending. Only when it became too obvious that he was a sick SOB that they turned on him.

Yep. I think there would be a lot more damage control if the actors involved here were heterosexual. As I said, Milo’s about to find out the hard way about how his friends really are when it comes to gay people. I don’t feel bad for him and nor do I want anyone on the left to show any pity to him.

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Birth Control Works  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:36:55am

re: #18 The Vicious Babushka

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yup

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:37:17am

re: #23 Joe Bacon

Looks like Milo’s heading for a well deserved fall. He’ll wind up just another washed up crackhead strolling the streets for his next rock.

Moral of the story—Karma strikes back when you least expect it!

I see this as merely a tactical setback: he will re-brand himself as an Islamophobe or such and be allowed to stand at the back of the room again soon enough.

But he is not likely to have Donald Trump defending him for having his speaking engagements cancelled…

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EPR-radar  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:37:29am

re: #21 HappyWarrior

Stick a fork in him, he’s done with the American right.

Sanctimonious so-con assholes will likely pivot smoothly to an exaggerated view of Milo’s depravities and smearing all gay people as that depraved or worse. It’s what they do, even the ones who were defending Milo 5 minutes earlier.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:38:14am

re: #26 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

I see this as merely a tactical setback: he will re-brand himself as an Islamophobe or such and be allowed to stand at the back of the room again soon enough.

But he is not likely to have Donald Trump defending him for having his speaking engagements cancelled…

He already is an Islamaphobe. That’s a huge part of his brand already, Wendell. He might still get some invites to right wing campus groups but CPAC and Breitbart abandoning him is pretty huge.

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Big Beautiful Door  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:38:34am

re: #14 A wild WITHAK appeared!

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dis gon be gud

Couldn’t happen to a more despicable piece of shit.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:38:40am

re: #27 EPR-radar

Sanctimonious so-con assholes will likely pivot smoothly to an exaggerated view of Milo’s depravities and smearing all gay people as that depraved or worse. It’s what they do, even the ones who were defending Milo 5 minutes earlier.

Oh, yeah that’s definitely what’s going to happen. I have no doubt about that whatsoever.

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Birth Control Works  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:39:16am

bbl

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:39:48am

Is it wrong that I’m hoping he has some dirt on the right wing leaders he attached himself to and like a jilted lover, he’ll go after them now?

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HappyWarrior  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:40:36am

Not that I’m hoping for child abuse but I would love to see more right wingers exposed as hypocrites.

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The Vicious Babushka  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:41:08am

re: #25 Birth Control Works

yup

HURR HURR THAT BABY KILLER WAS A DEMOCRAT!!!!1!!!! OH LIBTARDS Y U NOT OWN YR BABY KILLING HISTORY!!!11!!!!

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Kragar  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:42:13am
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The Ghost of Senator Incitatus  Feb 20, 2017 • 11:51:07am

re: #1 Dr. Matt

The right likes him because he’s someone they despise but that confirms their worldview by kicking the rest of the despised.

If all right wing humor hinges on punching down, then the height of entertainment is to have those beneath you punch each other down. This is pretty much what covers the careers of various shock-sellers who wield their status as “an X that is conservative.”

And note that I use “humor” intentionally, because even the supposedly “serious” thinkers, like Sheriff Clarke or Hoff-Summers, are still selling amusement to their consumers. When they trash a group or an individual (or…look at Sheriff Clarke’s tough-talking Twitter feed), it’s not to provoke conversation, but to end it by reinforcing that there’s no point to talking, because those addressed are simply beneath taking seriously. It’s theater of contempt.

Note: Orwell made a point about debating fascismthat’s sort of the basis for this post…I think. But the most direct thing I’m referencing is Sartre on anti-semitism:

Going farther: US “conservatism” (which is not conservative, but reactionary, oligarchical, and authoritarian) is more and more about that single emotion, contempt, because it’s the sentiment inherent in rigid, hierarchical thinking. And in a strange fashion this makes laughter and humor—a very cruel kind of humor that distances the audience from the subject—central to their existence.

Everybody mocks, and much of that mockery is ugly, but not everybody deems their mockery to be True and above reality testing. I myself have a sharp tongue, but it’s balanced by an understanding that heated words are subjective, and that I can find ways to sympathize, or at least understand, those that I mock. Yet that’s the pattern that’s come into being in the current US right. Invent something ugly and it becomes “true.” Case in point: Sandra Bland being turned into a narrative that now “true” precisely because it makes her unworthy of relating to.

Consider how much of GOP “policy” is framed not just on anger or fear, but incorporates mockery that removes the humanity of the subject. Built into even the “serious” subjects is a lot of emotional language that amounts to…laughing at the undeserving.

If you want to understand the Venn diagram by which all the elements of the GOP relate, that central overlap is not a policy position, but the enshrinement of contempt as valid and unquestionable. And what makes this so dangerous is this is not performance, self-consciously done as performance. As I said before, everybody mocks. But this is a performance used to define reality, almost ritually. It’s sentimentality swapped in for reasoning. These are people who are entirely invested in their feelings, such that they don’t recognize them as feelings. That self-satisfaction from feelings superior to others, they view that as an axiom, as Truth.

It’s why the alt-right is sliding into place with the more “normal” hard right; they ultimately share an emotional connection.

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gocart mozart  Feb 20, 2017 • 12:12:14pm
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John Hughes  Feb 21, 2017 • 1:42:32am

re: #4 b.d.

France almost sued FoxNews for fake news, time for Sweden to do the same.

Paris, not France. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo to be exact. Of course she’s a hispanic immigrant, so what can you expect.


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