The media’s “Tea Party violence” witch hunt carries on undaunted with the Washington Post’s review of Glenn Beck’s novel.
The Post book reviewer fears that Glenn Beck’s new novel will be a killer — not only in terms of sales:
The success of Glenn Beck’s novel, “The Overton Window,” will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in (considerable), but rather by the rebelliousness it incites among anti-government extremists. 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 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” by William L. Pierce, which became a handbook of extremists and inspired Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. As Beck tells his soldiers in the voice of Noah: “Put up or shut up . . . go hard or go home. Freedom is the rare exception . . . not the rule, and if you want it you’ve got to do your part to keep it.”
Examples of how fictional books inspire violence abound! Such as how an underlined copy of Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance” found in Ted Kaczynski’s cabin inspired him to commit murder. Wait, I’m not supposed to remember that one — reviewer Steven Levingston certainly didn’t try to. Hell, many in the media, such as Time Magazine, didn’t call Kaczynski a murderer, but rather a “mad genius.”
As for Levingston’s review of Beck’s book, I’ve rarely seen a work of fiction accused of murder before even before its release. At least wait until the book comes out and another Muslim extremist tries to bomb Times Square while Mayor Bloomberg assumes the perp to be a middle aged white guy unhappy with Obamacare before blaming Beck’s book inspiring the violence.
In a related story, Reps. Clyburn and Lewis are claiming they heard Beck’s new novel yelling racial slurs at them when they walked by it in the book store.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)