Liberal Reviews Are In: Glenn Beck is a Literary Terrorist

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Posted: Jun 15, 2010 2:13 PM
Glenn Beck's latest book--a thriller called "The Overton Window"--was released today, and already, the liberal media are jumping all over it.  The Washington Post weighed in today, calling Beck's book "dangerous" and "paranoid."  Here are a few notable nuggets from the Post's review:
  • "If the book is found tucked into the ammo boxes of self-proclaimed patriots and recited at 'tea party' assemblies, then Beck will have achieved his goal.

  • "The story line, which fictionalizes Beck's well-known paranoia... is an extended call to arms, a rallying cry to his angry foot soldiers long stirred by his rantings on Fox News."

  • "The danger of books like this is that radical readers may take the story's fiction for fact, or interpret the fiction--which Beck encourages--as a reflection of a reality that they must fend off by any means necessary."

  • "'The Overton Window' risks falling into the tradition of other anti-government novels such as 'The Turner Diaries'... which became a handbook of extremists and inspired Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.  (all emphases are mine)
Yadda, yadda... tea partiers are violent, "angry foot soldiers," hell-bent on overthrowing the government because Glenn Beck said so.  Yadda, yadda, yadda. 

I also loved how the reviewer, Steven Levingston, describes Beck's patriotic characters as "peaceful to the point of sappiness" because they "live in simply furnished cabins with homemade quilts," "assert their Second Amendment right to bear arms," and "they even make their own ammunition." 

Take your condesention down a notch and try stepping outside the Beltway--you'll see that people like this--who appreciate the supposed "sappiness" of "things [that]... had been built and woven and carved and finished by skilled, loving hands"--aren't that rare in America.

I've got news for the Washington Post--thrillers like this are written all the time.  When was the last time they accused Vince Flynn or Tom Clancy of being so "paranoid" or of inciting terrorist acts through their fictional writing? 

Glenn Beck writes a fictional book and you chastise him.  Meanwhile, a United States Congressman assaults a kid on the street and you call it a "hug"?  I think in both cases the people can better decide for themselves b/c on both counts, you seem pretty clueless.