Why is Fred Barnes called “the Beadle”?
The answer is so obscure it’s not even explained in his Wikipedia page.
John McLaughlin called him “Freddy the Beadle Barnes” on his political discussion show The McLaughlin Group.
John McLaughlin was a Jesuit priest before he was a political commentator, and “beadle” is a term used by Jesuits to refer to the novice who helps the Novice Director run the community. Fred actually hated the nickname, but he was very intimidated by John.
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Commenter “steve” (not to be confused with Steve Sailer) provided a link to this hilarious McLaughlin Group parody.