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The Beltway Boys
Presented byMort Kondracke
Fred Barnes
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodesUnknown
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkFox News Channel
Release1998 (1998) –
2009 (2009)

The Beltway Boys was an American weekly television show. The title referred to the Capital Beltway – the circumferential freeway surrounding Washington, D.C. (see Inside the Beltway) – and to the two journalists who hosted the show: Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes.[1] Airing initially in the United States on Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm ET on the Fox News Channel, the program was a weekly digest and discussion of political issues. The show was taped in Fox News' Washington studios on Fridays. Fox News Channel cancelled the show in April 2009.[2]


Mort Kondracke (left) and Fred Barnes (right)

Typically, the program began with three primary topics ("Hot Stories") that Kondracke and Barnes discussed at length. It then looked at newsworthy events in the political lives of national leaders in its "Ups and Downs" segment, characterizing the events as positive for the individual (up) or negative (down).


  1. ^ "'Beltway' Takes Buddy Approach to Punditry - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. December 1999.
  2. ^ "End of the Road for Beltway Boys?". Adweek. April 30, 2009. Retrieved 2020-05-24.