Earlier this week, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, requesting that “the 44 appointed ‘czars’ of the Obama Administration” appear before a congressional hearing “to testify about their roles and responsibilities.” “These czars are neither vetted by the Senate nor required to testify before Congress on their activities,” wrote McHenry.
Noting that McHenry’s list was longer than others being circulated by conservatives, the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel asked McHenry’s office where the number 44 came from. McHenry spokesman Brock McLeary responded with a list from Politico and a thread from the far-right web forum FreeRepublic.com (Both of which included numerous Senate-confirmed officials).
Apparently, McHenry’s fringe-inspired list isn’t even credible enough for Fox News. When they hosted him today to talk about his effort, Fox stuck with their claim that Obama has appointed “more than 30 czars.” Watch it:
Fox’s Gretchen Carlson introduced the segment by saying, “even those these advisers amount to Cabinet positions, they don’t answer to Congress because, Brian, they don’t have to be confirmed.” As she said this, the screen featured images of several “czars” who have been confirmed by the Senate, including Cass Sunstein, who was confirmed yesterday as director of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.