FLASHBACK: When Conservative Media Didn’t Care That Bush’s Bird Flu Czar Had No Medical Experience
You gotta love conservatives’ no-so-subtle selective outrage.
President Obama recently appointed Ron Klain as the new Ebola coordinator, who some have labeled a “czar.” Predictably, right-wing media are outraged that this new administration position is not being filled by a medical professional.
Rewind back to 2004: Bush’s bird flu czar, Stewart Simonson, had no medical experience or expertise, and HHS officials admitted “Simonson has no undergraduate or advanced degree in public health.”
When muted questions were raised about the selection, Health and Human Services secretary Thompson defended Simonson, much as the way the White House defends Klain, by stressing the czar’s experience within government, his preparedness, and his ability to get things done. During his tenure, there was no indication that Simonson’s lack of medical training hindered his ability to serve as Bush’s bird flu czar.
And how many Fox News segments took issue with this appointment? Zero.