Fox News has focused many hours to uncovering and trying to take down so-called “Czars.” The White House has, apparently, had enough of the nonsense and published a firm statement on their official blog. One of the people they’ve called out is Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck Claimed There Were 32 “Czars” In The Obama Administration. “The Brainroom counts 32 czars in the Obama administration, based on media reports from reputable sources that have identified the official in question as a czar.” [Glenn Beck Website, 8/21/09]

Reality: Many of the arbitrarily labeled “czars” on Beck’s list are Senate-confirmed appointees or advisory roles carried over from previous administrations. Others are advisors to the President’s Cabinet Secretaries.  Beck himself says on his own website, “Since czar isn’t an official job title, the number is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.”

Here are the important points from the White House blog:

  • Republicans have supported these positions in the past.
  • In fact, the Bush administration had many of the same officials and advisors now described as “czars,”  including Afghanistan czar, AIDS czarDrug czarFaith-based czar, Intelligence czar, Mideast Peace Czar, Regulatory Czar, Science Czar, Sudan Czar, TARP/Bailout Czar, Terrorism Czar, and Weapons Czar.
  • Some hold jobs that involved coordinating the work of agencies on President Obama’s key policy priorities: health insurance reform, energy and green jobs, and building a new foundation for long-lasting economic growth
  • Of the 32 “czars” on Beck’s list, nine were confirmed by the Senate
  • Sen. Robert Bennett has criticized czars as “undermining the Constitution,”  but reportedly prodded President Clinton to appoint a Y2K Czar.  In a 1999 CNN appearance, Sen. Bennett said “I think John Koskinen has been superb. I wrote the president six months before John was appointed, recommending that he appoint a Y2K czar.”
  • Senator Lamar Alexander has also criticized President Obama’s “czars,” calling them “an affront to the Constitution.”  But during remarks delivered on the Senate floor in 2003, Sen. Alexander said “I would welcome” President Bush’s “manufacturing job czar.”
  • When asked on Fox News if he had opposed any of President Bush’s “czars,” Rep. Darrell Issa responded “No we didn’t,” despite previously claiming that czars “undermine” transparency and accountability.

The Truth About Czars

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10 Responses to “White House Takes on ‘Czar’ Claims, Slams Glenn Beck”

  1. Georgia Garrison says:

    I am soooo tired of this Glen Beck. Can’t he say anything positive about his Country and wonderful President? It just goes on and on. I am wondering after so many sponsors left him, how and why he is still spewing forth all of his hate-mongering. When does he stop?? Such a pathetic person and still ranting and raving.

  2. They should not be allowed to do business as “Fox News” because they don’t report real objective fair news. What a joke! They count on their viewers never challenging what they present as truth or looking up the facts.

    I definitely want to boycott all the sponsors of these ridulous liars and spread the word. The only drawback is Nissan is on the list and I love my Maxima!

  3. Georgia Garrison says:

    It is a sad day when Fox News continues to attack and attack. They are not a News Organization, they are radicals that want to take down this administration and then take over our Country. We must continue to boycott the sponsors and now it should be BOYCOTT FOX NEWS. You surely know that the owner of Fox News was born in Austria and is not really concerned about America. He just wants to own it!!

  4. Amy Wentzel says:

    I think the problem here is word usage. On it lists the word usage of CZAR as follows: Usage Note: The word czar can also be spelled tsar. Czar is the most common form in American usage and the one nearly always employed in the extended senses “any tyrant” or informally, “one in authority.” But tsar is preferred by most scholars of Slavic studies as a more accurate transliteration of the Russian and is often found in scholarly writing with reference to one of the Russian emperors.

    So, for most americans, the word czar brings with it the connotation that this person is a tyrant. Perhaps to the Obama administration it means the same as the word “advisor” since they compare Bush’s “advisors” to Obama’s “czar.” Personally, I do not understand why this administration would use a word with such strong negative impact as “czar” – change it to “advisor” and be done with it…..

    Of course, just like other issues with the current administration (ie. Obama’s birth certificate), if they would just resolve the issue instead of leaving it open like a big ugly pimple, the problem would go away. My theory — they like the conservatives hung up on the little things like word usage while they are taking away their money and rights behind their backs.

    By the way, love the listings of sponsor for FOX – I was searching for a new sponsor of the Sean Hannity show and found this site. Be careful who you believe, think through what you accept as true (HINT: if the government is trying to shut someone up, they are probably telling the truth ie FOX NEWS!)

    How is that OBAMA thing working out for you anyway??

  5. FoxNewsBoycott says:

    Amy, The Obama administration did not coin the term Czars in reference to advisers since they can be found in the last several administrations. For examples of various “Czars” that existed previously, see the original post. Take a look at the following page about Hannity’s claims about the Obama administration’s use of the term.

  6. Glen Beck loves his country that’s why he doing this. People you should probably take a look at what he is saying before accusing of being so hateful. Jumping on the band wagon because our precious Obama said, come on what happend to Freedom of Speech.

  7. Say all you want to say though when there is a Republican in the office democrats will have a bunch of negative comments as well. The people are going to think what they want to think regardless of what he says or Obama says. It feels like we as Americans are loosing control. It is time to take back what was and is being stolen from us. I think everyone has a right to an opinion. Hmm I guess you don’t like Rush Limbaugh either. All in all we gonna think what we want. Thank you for not using obscenities though you seem respectful.

  8. FNB, there is no point in arguing with anyone like Sam. They are in denial about Fox and all of it’s entertainers. People like Sam honestly believe they are watching journalists on a real news station. You cannot force them to understand that this company has an entertainment license, not a news license and is therefor not a legitimate news source.
    Sadly, these are the same people that understand that comedy central isn’t real news, but refuse to see that they hold the same license that fox does.

  9. Stephen Manion says:

    I’ve heard this “news” vs. “entertainment License” before but not seen anything to back up the claim. If this can be verified we should start a petition to the FCC to ban any company without a news license from representing itself as a news station or using the word “news” in it name.

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