Fox-Paid Pollster Doug Schoen Bashes Moveon, Backs Fox
by Matt Stoller, Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 05:01:21 PM EDT
Here's Doug Shoen on the Fox News scuffle.
Schoen: "I agree with Dennis Kucinich. I think you want to go on Fox. I think you want to try to hold them to the same standards you hold everybody else. But to sort of see this in terms of power politics, leverage, I think is very much contrary to the intrerests of democracy and the Democratic Party. I think you want to go on Fox. I think you want to present your ideas, and I think one of the best ways to have as broad a debate as possible is to have the sort of co-sponsorships that Nevada considered and unfortunately in my judgement dropped.
Host Warren Olmey: What about the argument, as Adam Green contends, that that legitimizes Fox. That they are part of what he refers to as a right-wing smear machine.
Schoen: Well, A. They're not a right wing smear machine. B I don't think that tryingt to something media as part of partisan politics is a healthything to do. I wouldn't say that Air America couldn't sponsor debates. I think it woudl be great if Air America sponsored debates in the Republican Party as well as the Demcoratic PArty. I think this is a very very bonechilling trend. And I think given that Senator Harry Reid was one of those who was involved in embracing the idea, this has really becaome - as Roger Ailes said - a case of a left-wing pressure group trying to put pressure on the Democatic Party. One other thing. Roger Ailes, and I spoke to him, his comment about Obama and Osama was a joke about President Bush. It was not, in any effort, to smear, criticize, Senator Barack Obama. It was a joke that he made to a group of broadcast journalists who he thought would get a kick out of it given that, as you said, the president is not exactly all that popular and he hasn't after all found Osama Bin Laden. I think this is just MoveOn using this as an excuse to try to put pressure on the Democrats and on Fox to advance their narrow agenda.
..."As to whetehr Fox always does what MoveOn does, what MoveOn wants, undeniably they don't. But, you know, I think part of the fact of life is that Fox news is the highest rated cable network in America. It's got an audience bigger than CNN and MSNBC combined, and two thirds of their audience are probably non-Republicans, they are Democrats and Independents. And for the Democrats to try to run them out or put pressure on them is again contrary to the party's interest.
Adam Green brought up Fox News exec John Moody's messaging memos to the news desk, a key lever Fox News uses to maintain message discipline. Here's Schoen's take:
You know, I think that there are different perspectives on different networks. And one memo taken out of context does not to me decide that an organization is worthy of being excluded or shunned.
Media Matters examined 33 memos, which suggests Schoen doesn't know what he's talking about. Actually, it's worse than that. Schoen is a well-respected pollster in the Democratic Party, business partners of Hillary Clinton pollster Mark Penn. Doug Schoen is also a paid contributor to Fox News, a role he didn't disclose in this interview.
If you want to know why the Democratic Party is broken, it's because of broken, corrupt men like Doug Schoen. They will do anything to get ahead, to make a buck, or get on TV. Anything. And they are the ones in the rooms giving advice to Democratic leaders on how to make decisions.
UPDATE: Oh man, this guy Schoen is just a joke. Look at this piece he wrote in October, 2006, right before the election: "Without a centrist common good agenda, public sentiment can swing back to the Republicans in 2008 as the electorate remains fiscally and socially conservative."
Unethically minded and with exquisitely awful political judgment. I think Schoen's days in the party are numbered.