Christian, Newsom families happy with Glenn Beck comments

11:58 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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The families of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom said they were pleased that national media attention was brought to their childrens' murders this week.

Talk show host Glenn Beck spoke about the 2007 murders on his show "The Glenn Beck Program" on The Blaze TV. Beck owns the cable channel.

"The names the (caller) gave me are Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian: likely they mean as much to you and did to me," Beck prefaced. "But you'll never forget them after the next few minutes."

He said there was little media coverage of the murders, outside of East Tennessee, admitting he did not remember covering this story either.

However, both families said they liked the attention Beck gave, stating that it should recieve that national scope.

"I was glad to hear it. It's about time somebody had the courage to do something and put it on national news," Chris Newsom's mother, Mary, said Thursday alongside her husband, Hugh. 

"I watched it immediately when I saw it, and he did a good job. Pretty accurate for not knowing what he was talking about," Gary Christian, Channon's father, said.

All four parents say they liked what the talk show host said about the discussion of race, of the brutality of the crimes, and the lack of national media attention.

"What we tried not to do from the very beginning is not make this a racial thing," said Deena Christian, Channon's mother added. "I think that's why they didn't get attention, because we didn't care if they're purple, black or white; we just cared what they did."

Now with renewed interest, these two families say they are happy a bigger audience is listening to the story.

"The kids didn't get the support that they needed, really. From the nation, they should've got support, and I'm glad this (coverage) happened," Mary Newsom added.

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