Glenn Beck Thriller: Is He Trying to Incite Violence?

Host in war of words over whether 'Overton Window' is extremist handbook
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2010 7:26 AM CDT
Glenn Beck Thriller: Is He Trying to Incite Violence?
Radio and television personality Glenn Beck is interviewed on the "Fox & friends" television show in New York, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – The critics haven't been too kind to Glenn Beck's new novel: "There will undoubtedly be positive reviews of The Overton Window," writes Majorie Kehe for the Christian Science Monitor of the federal conspiracy thriller, "but at least as of yet they are not easy to turn up online." But that's not what's bothering Beck: He's cross that the Washington Post's reviewer, who rated Overton's literary value at "none," rated its riskiness factor at "high," saying it could be embraced by radical extremists as a sort of anti-government handbook.

Beck shot back yesterday, saying the Post reviewer Steven Levingston "writes as future fact that [the book] will be found in a bag of ammunition at some point after a violent shooting." Get your facts straight, retorts Levingston: "Here's what I actually wrote, as a conditional statement: '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.' And where is the mention of a violent shooting?" (Read more Glenn Beck The Overton Window stories.)

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