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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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 10, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Posted in News, Television

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  1. I remember John calling him Freddy the Beadle Barnes, but never thought to look up what it meant. Interesting!

    Not a parody, more like a reenactment:

    February 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    • That was an incredibly funny parody. Thanks!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    • It was a recurring sketch. They were all much nicer to Buchanan than you would expect them to be. I think the real McLaughlin even cribbed the “metaphysical certitude” line from the sketches.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    • It wasn’t funny or interesting, to me, McLaughlin was.way before my time.

      Bryan Bell

      February 11, 2016 at 2:18 am

      • Well in that case we should delete the link, because you are the only one that matters.


        February 12, 2016 at 7:53 am

  2. Like the Sinatra Group:

    Or the Arakawa Group:

    I’m surprised the latter is on the NBC website; I don’t think they’d put it on the air today.


    February 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    • Those videos were petty funny. Sinatra asks in relation to Milli Vanilli ‘what’s with that faggot shit?’ Shows how quickly ‘homophobia’ was promoted to ‘real thing’ status in the 00s. The Arakawa Group considers who is lazier, UAW workers or black teachers.


      February 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

  3. I think you have Fred Barnes confused with Morton Kondracke. He was the one who was intimidated by McLaughlin, because he had a wife with a serious disease, and so he needed the gig.

    Cal Worthinton

    February 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  4. Beadle comes up in Charles Dickins novels but I was always too lazy to look it up. I inferred that it meant some fussy, parish busybody. So it aligns with McLaughlin’s use.


    February 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

  5. Fred always had incredibly bad body language…if you watch anything with him in it you ask: why is that guy so uncomfortable with himself? He is so nerdy and beta…lol…crossed arms, tentative gestures…excessively religious…weird dude.

    FB (Former Beta)

    February 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

  6. Yeah, gotta watch out for those “excessively religious.” If they get their way those 10 commandments of theirs will really tear up society. We may never recover from the damage.

    (……..don’t mind me, I’m just depressed about the Trump victory.)


    February 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

  7. If the “excessively religious” weren’t always poking their noses into other people’s business I would have no problem with them. (I’m happy to be, as the bumper sticker has it, “born OK the first time.”)


    February 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

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