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Fred Barnes (journalist)

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Fred Barnes
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Barnes at CPAC, March 2016
Frederic Wood Barnes

(1943-02-01) February 1, 1943 (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
OccupationPolitical commentator

Frederic Wood "Fred" Barnes (born February 1, 1943)[1] is an American political commentator. He was the executive editor of the defunct news publication The Weekly Standard and regularly appears on the Fox News Channel program Special Report with Bret Baier. He was previously co-host of The Beltway Boys with Mort Kondracke, which previously aired on the Fox News Channel.

Barnes remains a prolific writer on presidential and many other political topics as well.[2]


Early life and journalism career

The son of a U.S. Air Force officer, Barnes graduated from St. Stephens School in Alexandria in 1960. He spent two years in the U.S. Army. He then attended and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied history. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

After spending several years as a journalist with The Charleston News and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, he became a reporter for the Washington Star in . He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun. He was the national political correspondent at the Baltimore Sun. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He also wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator. He was a panelist on the public affairs show The McLaughlin Group from 1985 to 1998, where he was often referred to by the show's host as Freddy "the Beadle" Barnes. Barnes hosted the radio show What's the Story for Radio America.[3] He is currently a moderator for the Voice of America show Issues in the News.[4]

In 1984, Barnes was chosen to be one of three panelists quizzing then-President Ronald Reagan and challenger Walter Mondale in the first nationally televised debate of the 1984 presidential campaign.

Barnes has made cameo appearances in the Hollywood films Dave, Getting Away with Murder, and Independence Day. He has thrown out the first pitch for a Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park.

Though having gone to separate high schools, Barnes was a friend of fellow Fox News personality Brit Hume in high school and at the University of Virginia.

Later life and commentator career

In 2006 Barnes wrote a favorable biography of President George W. Bush titled Rebel in Chief. Reviewing it in The Washington Monthly, Isaac Chotiner called it "fawning and at times unintentionally amusing", revealing its author as a "perfect Bush hack."[5] He is a member of the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. As a member of The Falls Church, he and his family voted to disaffiliate the congregation from the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.[6] He is a member of the board of trustees of The Fund for American Studies, in which he also serves as a senior fellow.

2008 presidential election

In the days leading up to the 2008 United States election, Barnes was the only political pundit out of 27 catalogued by the Huffington Post (including Karl Rove, Alex Castellanos, Matthew Dowd, Ed Rollins, and George Will) to predict a John McCain victory for U.S. President (286 to 252 electoral votes).[7]


  1. ^ "Barnes, Fred 1943-". Contemporary Authors. 1 January 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016 – via
  2. ^ Terry Eastland, ed. Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994: A Critical Review of the Media (1994) p 275
  3. ^ "Fred Barnes". Aspen Ideas Festival. Archived from the original on 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  4. ^ "Radio program - Issues in the News". VOA.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Special Report Roundtable - December 18". RealClearPolitics.
  7. ^ Weiner, Rachel (3 December 2008). "Election Predictions: Pundits Weigh In" – via Huff Post.

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