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March 17, 2013
Fred Barnes
Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard
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Fred Barnes graduated in 1965 from the University of Virginia with a degree in history. He was a distinguished Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He spent twenty years as a reporter for the Charleston News and Courier, the Washington Star and the Baltimore Sun. He began writing political commentary for New Republic in 1985. From 1988 to 1998 Barnes appeared as a panelist on “The McLaughlin Group.” In 1995, he co-founded the Weekly Standard where he works as Executive Editor. For 11 years Barnes co-hosted the “The Beltway Boys” on Fox News. In 2006, he wrote, “Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush.”

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Info: Our guest is Fred Barnes, television commentator and executive editor of the Weekly Standard. He discusses the relative importance of the Weekly Standard to those in the political community, including the role it played in discovering Sarah Palin in 2007. He reflects on his conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia and notes the changes he experienced in his life when he became a born again Christian. He recalls his early days on television, including his participation as a panelist in the first 1984 Presidential debate and how it led him to a position on “The McLaughlin Group.” He talks about his time with the New Republic magazine and why he felt the need to provide a conservative alternative. He praises syndicated columnist Robert Novak and describes his memoir, “The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington” the best book ever written about politics. Barnes talks about the change in ownership of the Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch to businessman Philip Anschutz. He defends his overt support of the Bush administration, as well as his claim that the media “pulled out all the stops” to reelect President Obama.

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