In the United States, Fox News is generally recognized as a counterweight against the left-leaning media. With conservative profiles like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, viewers are offered a very different view from, say MSNBC or CNN. For better or for worse, multiple viewpoints enables the regular voter to listen in to both sides and make his or her own decision.
In Sweden, enabling viewers to hear both sides is apparently deemed undemocratic.
As Right-leaning news site Fria Tider reports, Fox attempted to introduce Fox News and it’s international news years ago on Swedish channel TV8. Leftists swiftly responded by filing claims against the channel based on an obscure paragraph in the radio/TV code (chapter 5; paragraph 1) stating that all content has to depict absolute equality amongst all people. With it’s perverse letftist interpretation, this includes the communist notion of everyone’s given right to enjoy the exact same standard of living. The leftists won, and since Fox News was found to not promote this bizarre stance, it was swiftly taken off the air.
Now Fox is back, but only providing airheaded entertainment. News and analysis is still the exclusive domain of Swedish so-called “public service” TV and radio. Everyone who owns a TV, radio, or anything able to view Swedish state television or radio channels, is by law required to pay 2076 SEK per year (about $290) for the privilege of viewing or listening to heavily left-slanted news stories in TV and radio.
By their own admission, some 80% of the Swedish state television news reporters vote for extreme leftist parties. The new boss of Swedish state television is Hanna Stjärne, famous for granting a “journalism award” to an outlaw group of leftist extremists for illegally hacking conservative chat forums, using a dummy corporation to extract credit reports, and providing personal information to leftist newspapers in an effort to “shame” conservatives into submission and silence.
While I may find profiles like Bill O’Reilly a bit over the top myself, I certainly think he has a right to make his voice heard. But when only the leftist equivalent is allowed to speak, and the counterweight opinion being deemed illegal, the whole concept of democracy is jeopardized. And Sweden is on very, very thin ice.
Is it any wonder that neighboring country Denmark had to start radio broadcasts for Swedish listeners per the old Voice of America concept this year? Really. The Voice of Denmark ran a series of highly acclaimed broadcasts about taboo subjects like freedom of speech, immigration, censorship and general liberty during the summer of 2014 for the people in southern Sweden.
The West used these broadcasts for lifting the spirits of the enslaved masses in the East until the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago. Today, the West again has to broadcast it … Only this time, it’s to the West enclaves sliding into antiquated East-bloc situations. Yet noone can produce a coherent reason WHY this bizarre slide into censorship and oppression is taking place.