Sweden’s Bonniers Break Ranks?
Sweden’s leading media company, Bonnier, who have significant investments in US media, in 2006 entered into a confidential agreement with the new government of Fredrik Reinfeldt. Bonnier needed to keep full ownership of their television franchise, which was technically illegal. The catch was that only the sitting government could bring charges.
So the Bonniers and Reinfeldt agreed to let things be, on the caveat that Bonnier publications would always support the Reinfeldt government (and, evidently, any subsequent governments). To give the Bonniers more power in this regard, Reinfeldt passed a new law essentially ending previous journalistic requirements for ‘equal time’ and ‘fair play’. So Sweden entered into a brave new world of manufactured consent.
But things are perhaps changing now, according to people in our group, with at least 7029 fatalities recorded to date, and everyone, even in state media, saying everything but calling Tegnell and Giesecke something appropriate and accurate.
This new piece picks apart Sweden’s scary statistics, in so many words accuses Tegnell of lying and fudging statistics to hide his own incompetence, and places the blame squarely where it belongs. As Tegnell is dictatorial to a fault and as this is a matter of prestige – he famously refuses to listen to outside help – the question of course is whether the country’s camera-shy PM will finally make an appearance. Either way, this once-glamorous Scandinavian ‘utopia’ (today an outright dystopia) seems headed for even bigger disasters and more cringe and shame.
How is Sweden a “dystopia” when compared to major European nations?