Newsom and Christian families to be interviewed by Glenn Beck

Newsom and Christian families traveling to be interviewed by Glenn Beck

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Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were murdered in January 2007. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were murdered in January 2007.
After discussing the murders on his radio, TV and online shows, Glenn Beck is flying the Christians and Newsom families to Texas to appear on his shows. (source: The Blaze) After discussing the murders on his radio, TV and online shows, Glenn Beck is flying the Christians and Newsom families to Texas to appear on his shows. (source: The Blaze)
Hugh and Mary Newsom say discussing the gruesome murders again won't bring them more pain because they think about what happened to Channon and Chris everyday anyway. Hugh and Mary Newsom say discussing the gruesome murders again won't bring them more pain because they think about what happened to Channon and Chris everyday anyway.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville media has extensively covered the Christian Newsom trials and retrials for years, but the case hasn't gained much national media attention until recently.

Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman have all been convicted for their roles in the 2007 murders in Knoxville.

Last week on Glenn Beck's radio program, the topic discussed was Oprah and President Obama publicizing racial tensions in some cases and not others. A caller asked why the murders of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian have been ignored. Beck looked into it and aired a segment about the murders.

On Glenn Beck's program on "The Blaze," Beck said, "The names the woman gave me were Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Likely they mean as much to you as they did to me but you'll never forget them after the next few minutes. Probably the first time you heard about them tonight."

Beck has now asked the Christians and Newsoms to fly to his studio to do a show. The Newsoms tell 6 News they want to share with the country what happened to Channon and Chris. They are glad to have the opportunity to go on Glenn Beck's shows.

They say discussing the gruesome murders again won't bring them more pain because they think about what happened to Channon and Chris everyday anyway.

Mary and Hugh Newsom and Deena and Gary Christian will be in Dallas Tuesday to tape a segment for Glenn Beck's radio, TV and online programs. The victim's families want to share what happened to their children with the country. The Newsoms say the coverage is better late than never.

"It's a forum we can speak out on via the Glenn Beck show and we are going to seize every advantage we can obtain due to the bias networks not wanting to report it," said Hugh Newsom.

In Glenn Beck's first story last week about the Christian Newsom case, he said the crime was beyond violent, but did not gain national attention because it didn't fit into a special interest group's agenda.

"If you don't fall into a group that has an Al Sharpton group hounding the media, well then you're all out of luck. Why wasn't this story given real coverage? Because the victims were young and white, a couple in a nice car. The killers were four black men and a black woman," said Beck.

The Newsoms agree.

"If it would have been white on black, it would have been a headline, a breaking news story. But since this was black on white, [people] don't talk about it," said Hugh Newsom.

Mary Newsom hopes others hear about the case and are more aware of their surroundings.

"We need to let the people know what happened and this is the only way that we are going to let everyone know what could happen to innocent kids out there and that it could happen to anybody," said Mary Newsom.

The Newsoms don't know what Beck will ask them but hope to share their feelings about the case, the lack of national coverage and their issues with the justice system.

"The victims have no rights. The criminals have all the rights and people don't know that until you get involved with it," said Mary Newsom.

The cases will be discussed on Glenn Beck's radio program and his TV and online shows on The Blaze. According to the Christians, a portion of the interview will run on theblaze.com Tuesday.

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