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Fox News' witch hunt attacks Senate-confirmed nominees as unaccountable to Congress

As part of Fox News' witch hunt against Obama administration "czars," Fox News asserted that "czars are not subjected to congressional oversight." In fact, many of the Obama administration officials the network has labeled "czars" have been confirmed by the Senate or were appointed to positions created through legislation passed by Congress; additionally, a number of the officials had counterparts in the Bush administration. Media Matters for America reports:

Of 30 "czars" Fox listed, 10 were confirmed by the Senate or are in positions created by statute. Eight "czars" were actually confirmed by the Senate. The Senate's list of confirmed civilian "Executive Nominations" includes the following administration officials listed by Fox as "Obama's czars":

  • R. Gil Kerlikowske, confirmed as the Director of National Drug Control Policy on May 7; listed by Fox as the "drug" czar;
  • Dennis Blair, confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence on January 28; listed as the "intelligence" czar.
  • Cass Sunstein, confirmed as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget on September 10; listed by Fox as the "regulatory" czar.
  • John Holdren, confirmed as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy on March 19; listed by Fox as the "science" czar.
  • Herbert Allison, confirmed as the Department of the Treasury's assistantSecretary for Financial Stability on June 19; listed by Fox as the "TARP" czar.
  • Ashton Carter, confirmed as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics on April 23; listed by Fox as the "weapons" czar.
  • Aneesh Chopra, confirmed as an associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy on May 21 and also named Chief Technology Officer of the United States by President Obama; listed by Fox as the "technology" czar.
  • David J. Hayes, confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior on May 20 and appointed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as "lead official for Interior and the Obama Administration in coordinating the federal response to California water supply" on June 28; listed by Fox as "California water" czar.

  • Read more at Media Matters for America.

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