In a remarkable conflict-of-interest, Fox News analyst and former Clinton operative Douglas E. Schoen has failed to disclosed to readers that he’s been paid millions of dollars from Ukrainian agents to incite a war between the United States and Russia. Before inciting war with Russia, Schoen worked for Bill Clinton and brokered meeting (for $40,000 a month) between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire oligarchs.
This shocking story reveals an entangled web of foreign money, propaganda, and a complete lack of ethics and transparency at Fox News.
Douglas E. Schoen has been paid millions of dollars by Victor Pinchuk, Ukranian oligarch, former member of Ukrainian parliament, and George Soros confederate.
Amy Chozik of the New York Times wrote about Schoen’s connections with Victor Pinchuk. In “Trade Dispute Centers on Ukrainian Executive With Ties to Clintons,” Chozik reveals:
Mr. Schoen had been on a $40,000-per-month retainer as an adviser to Mr. Pinchuk since 2000. In 2011, Mr. Schoen, who had never previously done any lobbying, registered as a lobbyist for him to set up meetings with Washington officials to discuss the political crisis in Ukraine.
Pinchuk was a member of Ukrainian parliament from 1998 to 2006, and thus Schoen was paid $40,000 a month by a foreign government while he himself had close Clinton ties.
Schoen began as an errand boy for Pinchuk, doing run-of-the-mill corruption like using his access to the Clinton family to arrange meetings.
Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have built a sprawling network of powerful friends around the globe, one that could aid Mrs. Clinton’s chances were she to seek the presidency. But those relationships often come with intersecting interests and political complications; few people illustrate that more vividly than the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.
A steel magnate and major contributor to the former president’s foundation, Mr. Pinchuk was in frequent contact with Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, at meetings arranged by a Clinton political operative turned lobbyist, Douglas E. Schoen.
Schoen has moved beyond “Clinton Cash” style corruption and into agitating for a war between the United States and Russia.
Americans who lobby for foreign governments are required to register as Foreign Agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Department of Justice makes these reports, along with financial disclosures, available.
Nevertheless Fox News does not require its analysts to disclose these ties.
Schoen’s bio is for all to see on Fox News (Archive). Notice what is missing. His ties to Pinchuk go unsaid.
Fox News does not require its analysts and guest to disclose their lobbying ties.
According to the report dated Dec. 31, 2011, Schoen began receiving semi-annual payments of $40,000.
These payments of $80,000 a year continued every year according to the FARA reports.
Links to reports:
Schoen is trying to start a war between Russia and the United States.
Schoen writes about the Ukraine regularly at FoxNews.com. In one such article, “In a world of chaos, the only clear winner is Vladimir Putin,” Schoen writes:
Before Putin illegally annexed Crimea, Clinton went to Yalta and warned the Russians against aggression. The Russians came anyway. Since then, she has scarcely criticized the administration for its refusal to meaningfully aid an increasingly desperate Ukraine.
His article continues:
Putin has a clear strategy that has propelled him to military victory in Crimea, and he holds strong positions in Syria and Ukraine. He is on a mission to advance Russian interests around the world and reestablish Russia as a global superpower. We are doing nothing to stop him, and our politicians have no serious plan for the future.
At the bottom of the article is Schoen’s biography. Nowhere does he mention his handsome yearly stipend nor mention the millions of dollars he received from a member of the Ukrainian parliament.
Douglas E. Schoen has served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton. He has more than 30 years experience as a pollster and political consultant. He is also a Fox News contributor and co-host of “Fox News Insiders” Sundays on Fox News Channel at 7 pm ET. He is the author of 12 books. His latest is “The Nixon Effect: How Richard Nixon’s Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politics” (Encounter Books, February 2016). Follow Doug on Twitter @DouglasESchoen.
Schoen writes about the Ukraine often at Fox News. In “On foreign policy, Hillary Clinton leans more to the right than Donald Trump,” co-authored with Judith Miller, Schoen states:
On Russia, while Mrs. Clinton has called Putin a “bully” and has described the relationship between Washington and Moscow as “complicated,” Mr. Trump has floated the idea of establishing a new alliance with Russia, whose cooperation he says is needed to help end the six-year war in Syria, fight terrorism, and diffuse tensions. While he says that more should be done to support Ukraine, which has been battling Russia-backed separatists since Russia annexed Crimea, he has not detailed what specifically he would do to help end Russia’s occupation of Crimea and combat Russian meddling in Kiev’s internal affairs.
When you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll see that Schoen has neglected to admit his payments from a Ukrainian agent yet again.
A review of Schoen’s articles note a similar pattern. He does not disclose payments he is required to disclose under the Foreign Registered Agents Act.
See, “Putin Is Sponsoring Sectarian Violence in Ukraine” by Schoen, a NewsMax article taking a strong anti-Russia, pro-Ukraine stance:
We can only hope that Obama changes his mind and chooses to defend the global values that the United States and its allies stand for. But if he does not, then he should consider that while America stands idly by, Putin is sponsoring sectarian violence that is claiming the lives of hundreds of Ukrainians and could easily claim the lives of hundreds more.
Schoen has made millions of dollars advocating for war with Russia.
An informal survey of Cernovich readers reveals that undisclosed financial conflicts of interest are indeed newsworthy.
If a Fox News analyst received $80,000 a year from a foreign government, should this payment be disclosed to readers and viewers?
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 10, 2016
According to Chozik, Schoen was earning $40,000 a month advocating on behalf of Ukraine. Recent reports suggest he may “only” be earning $80,000 a year, although it’s startling that Fox News has not disclosed these connections to readers.
Foreign money controls U.S. media.
Even Fox News is on the take.
Until Fox News and all media outlets require their guests to disclose financial conflicts of interest, you must assume everything you read or hear was bought and paid for.
The mainstream media is dead. There are almost no real journalists left. Even analysts at Fox News are nothing more than paid mouth pieces of oligarchs and billionaires.
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