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Thriller author Glenn Beck attacked The Washington Post reviewer, er, me, personally on his Facebook page, saying he feels bad for Steve Levingston because "he soooo clearly wants to be an author, but, it seems, he just doesn’t have the talent." He takes issue with a few other elements of the review.

Media Matters, which monitors and analyzes the conservative media, has assessed Beck's criticism of my review, while Huffington Post reports that Beck's book resembles a 2005 self-published techno-thriller by a computer programmer named Jack Henderson. Chris Kelly points out that "The Overton Window" is very much like Henderson's "Circumference of Darkness," except that "the villains planning the next 9/11 [in Henderson's tale] are an ultra-right militia movement. In Overton Window, the right wing nuts are the heroes." The piece notes another strange coincidence: Henderson turns up in Beck's acknowledgements and is warmly praised "for pouring his heart and soul into this project."


By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 16, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
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People who like GB will like the book. People who don't won't. I think its great his fans know how to read.

Posted by: scrane1 | June 16, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Only the very dumbest people complain about book reviewers with the old, "You don't have the talent to write a novel so you criticize others" canard. Beck is a buffoon of the lowest order.

Posted by: oxhead1 | June 16, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Levingston wrote a nasty, venomous review, and now he's whining that the author defended himself. Let's face it, the review was negative because Glenn Beck wrote the book at issue. Levingston, if you get into a pi&&sing battle with Beck, then you'll get wet.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 16, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL @WashingtonDame because that assumes Beck can aim straight, something that seems highly unlikely since the main is either blustering, babbling, whining or crying 90% of the time.

Posted by: obeah | June 16, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Jealous Libtard Progressives...

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha!

As an author, let me tell you: Beck is not mad that Levingston's review was negative. Quite the opposite.

News of Beck's crappy book had died off and this review gave Beck a way to drag this steaming (apparently plagiarized) p.o.s. back into the limelight.

If you want Beck to go away, you have to ignore him and not buy his book. People who don't make money writing rarely keep at it for very long - they can't afford it.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed that WaPo even reviewed the Beck book! And any kindergarten teacher could tell you that criticizing a child can lead to a tantrum. Waaaaaaah!

WaPo should have just sent the report card grade of F- (for plagiarism) to Beck's mom (assuming there is a female who claims that position) and be done with this apparent monstrosity.

Time out, Glenn, PLEASE!

Posted by: JC505 | June 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, scrane1:

You say that "[you] think its great his fans know how to read.

What makes you think they know how to read? I thought his tome was a pop-up picture book.

Posted by: chamateddy | June 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Media Matters, which monitors and analyzes the conservative media, has assessed Beck's criticism of my review, while Huffington Post reports that Beck's book resembles a 2005 self-published techno-thriller " - from the corrupt liberal/progressive POST

Lets see Media Matters is a modern-day liberal/progressive fascist propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party, like the POST

And Huffington POST is part of the Gestapo division of the Democrat Party who like the POST COOKS their polls too........lol

POST = ZERO reputation..........

Posted by: allenridge | June 16, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

It's infinitely better to be criticized by Beck than praised by him.

Just days ago, Beck was lauding the work of Elizabeth Dilling.

Elizabeth Dilling was, of course, a raging anti-semite and Nazi Sympathizer (who praised Hitler and denounced the allies).

Among Dilling's other achievements (sic) was calling President Eisenhower "Ike the K*ke" and labeling President Kennedy's New Frontier program the "Jew frontier."

Faced with an outcry of protest, Beck stuck to his guns:


"Beck: No apologies for promoting an anti-Semite Nazi sympathizer"

"This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck responded to the general outcry over his approving comments last week for the work of Elizabeth Dilling, a virulent anti-Semite who actively supported Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. Beck's response contained neither an apology nor a disavowal nor any indication whatsoever that he was at all contrite over using his considerable media presence to promote a discredited and hateful woman's writings."

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201006070018

Yup, it's infinitely preferable to be criticized by Beck than to be praised by the odorous piece of human effluent.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Even liberals have to admit that its funny that the banner on the Post home page screams "Glen Beck Attacks Post Critic" while earlier this week other Post employees wrote that Etheridge hugged that kid and committed a gaffe. It seems that certain words are used for conservative actions only.

Posted by: ohmd | June 16, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Weird how Levingston doesn't label Media Matters as a George Soros funded, far left, radical group. Or that Huffington Report is an arm of the DNC and ultra liberal.

I guess konwing that Levingston is with a company that is losing millions each month and laying off workers - except its Kaplan arm, which apparently steals from parents trying to get their kids into college -- is comfort enough for Beck.

Keep giving Beck free PR. You guys are so stupid. Media Matters monitors the conservative press???

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 16, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

At least Levingston had the stones to admit that Beck was right. I did not read anything refuting Beck's charges in this response. As for myself, I probably won't be reading the book. The commentators of both MSNBC and Fox are a bunch a idiotic preening roosters, whining on behalf of their constituencies. I don't have the time for their mindless drivel in primetime, nor any attempts to cash in on their "fame" on my time.

Posted by: stvcar | June 16, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a freak.

Posted by: angie12106 | June 16, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

allenridge wrote>>>Lets see Media Matters is a modern-day liberal/progressive fascist propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party, like the POST

What?! Apparently, you're confused or have never accessed Media Matters.

Posted by: angie12106 | June 16, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I read Steve's "review" of the Beck book. I have read many book reviews in my time but rarely one that stooped to calling a book "dangerous." I wager the Post never called Das Capital or The Communist Manifesto dangerous so my book-loving antennae went up when I read it. To paraphrase Heine, "People who call books dangerous are not far away from burning them."

Posted by: mhr614 | June 16, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

angie12106,

allenridge drinks his reactionary/conservative "kool-aid" straight from the tap. I leave it up to others to determine where that tap is located.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | June 16, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Half a page of a whining pice about getting picked on. And how mature of WaPo to give this child the front page to vent his hurt feelings. Sheesh.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 16, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH

beck is a small minded troll and a danger to America. If he hates you then you are undoubtedly doing the right thing.

Just a simple example -- becki is so ignorant of ecnomics and history, and not deep stuff, just the really simple stuff you get freshman year IF YOU DON'T DROP OUT BECAUSE ITS TOO HARD -- this idiot thinks it is a good idea to go back toa gold standard currency. What a complete moron.

Posted by: John1263 | June 16, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It was not a "nasty, venomous" review. It was a bemused review of a work of "literature" that probably ranks with the literary works of Saddam Hussein. Beck is an intellectual brownshirt, and his book is the kind of thick-headed literature that only the semi-literate (or truly brainwashed) viewers of Fox News can appreciate.

Posted by: tboyer33 | June 16, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Beck is a drooling lunatic and people who believe what he says and take it as some sort of revelation are idiots.

Posted by: ElectricBill | June 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

GLENN BECK IS A BIPOLAR NOSE CANDY SNIFFER. I recently read a book about him and it went into detail over his alcohol abuse and need for lithium and other bipolar meds. The man is a nut that needs help. Perhaps Obama's health plan will help Glenn get all the meds he needs. Actually, I doubt any of it would be enough to cure his true hate for Americans.

Posted by: juanchin | June 16, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

BECK IS TRYING TO SELL HIS BOOK BY GENERATING ATTENTION TO IT. WHY ARE YOU PLAYING ALONG?

Posted by: xaajiga1 | June 16, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

What happened, Glenn Beck gave a bit back to you Progressive Pantywastes and you can't handle it? Go Glenn!!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, OMG! Had to write an article about such awful abuse from good 'ole Beck...

Posted by: prossers7 | June 16, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't watch Glenn Beck and have no interest in reading his book. Still, I can't understand why Levingston's criticism of Beck's book is just criticism but Beck's criticism of Levingston's review qualifies as an "attack." Why are WaPo's reporters so damned thin-skinned?

Posted by: Rob_ | June 16, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Moooooooooooooom Glen Beck is being nasty to me on Facebook! Really? Why do you even pay that blowhard any mind?

Posted by: bill_delgrosso | June 16, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing.

And Beck won't get a cent from me because he is among the last people whose words I would deliberately seek out. And, no, I'm not some liberal Obamabot; I'm a cranky old centrist who ignores whining wingnut wacko entertainers like Beck, just like I ignore dewy-eyed utopian leftists. Nope. Not lapping up any Beckspeak. Not while I still have functioning neurons.

As for Levingston, I think he waxed a bit hyperbolic about the book's dangers (and I said so in a comment in response to the review).

Move along, folks. Nothing much to see here.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | June 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

If anything, the book review wasn't tough enough on the beckster. Beck is such an idiot that it is astounding that anyone watches him or would waster their time/money reading anything written by this joker.

Posted by: ex-Navy | June 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Levingston, GROW A PAIR. Whining about Beck using your silly review to promote his supposedly "dangerous" book is weak, even for the Post. What a Nancy-boy.

Posted by: OttoDog | June 16, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Glen Beck wrote a book? Learn something new every day...

Posted by: K2skixprt | June 16, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I could have written Levingston's review without reading the book...and I doubt Levingston read it either. It was clear from the first paragraph that he had no interest in doing his job.

If the Post practiced real journalism, Levingston would be fired for such blatant bias.

Posted by: diehardlib | June 16, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Beck is a conservative, and as such, he's thin skinned, childish and not really in control of his emotions. Note his tears. And if he posted here it would be in all caps with excessive punctuation and the usual spelling errors.

Beck should be grateful that you dignified his silly rube fooling book with an article in the Post. Instead he takes issue with the content.

Beck should go back to skinning the rubes and goobers with his over priced GoldLine, his worthless seeds and his horribly over priced camping food.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 16, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a raging moron and big-time idiot. That is all.

Posted by: CDon | June 16, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

What is it with conservatives and their slobbering adoration of cowardly draft dodging alcoholics and drug addicts of questionable sexual orientation?

Witness how they bow down before Drudge, Limbaugh, Coulter and Glenn Beck.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 16, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they will make a movie out of it and Glenn can play the hero....move over Tom Cruise....

Posted by: debifeistkorn | June 16, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

So that bad Glenn Beck criticized you on his Facebook page---cool.

Posted by: allamer1 | June 16, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Now, let's see, last year Mr. Beck made $32 million (source, Forbes Magazine). With this publicity from Levingston, Beck's book should sell a lot better than it probably would have without Levingston's review of a book he'd probably not even read. (Maybe Beck will make $50 million this year.) Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Neils60 | June 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Beck is foremost an entertainer, he knows it, and like it or not it works for his target audience.

For one to get upset about anything to do with him indicates too much time on one's hands.

Posted by: binkynh | June 16, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

That's a pure compliment!! Beck's such an idiot he doesn't know who he's attacked, scorned, hoorayed, snarled at, growled toward or answered crank mail from until his mentors - billo-the-clown or the flying-fat-man from palm beach shoot him a note to give him a heads up...

He's too engrossed in his own BS he can't see the tops of the buildings around him.. If beck attacked you...just buy some better mosquito spray...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 16, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The audience may be fetid but you must admit the rubes are plenty.

Posted by: gjcomm | June 17, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

People who like GB will like the book. People who don't won't. I think its great his fans know how to read.

Posted by: scrane1
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*** And I think "its" great his detractors know how to type, even if they're not completely familiar with the rules of grammar.

Posted by: UponFurtherReview | June 17, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

LOL @WashingtonDame because that assumes Beck can aim straight, something that seems highly unlikely since the main is either blustering, babbling, whining or crying 90% of the time.

Posted by: obeah
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*** Glenn Beck owns the left. He's so far inside their heads, he's playing World Cup soccer with their brain cells.

If Beck were truly irrelevant to them, they'd simply ignore him instead of tripping over themselves to come to forums like this one and post personal potshots that attack the messenger, but seldom challenge the message.

There's nothing more enjoyable than reading a pile of anti-Beck posts, most of which boil down to: "Glenn Beck is an idiot. I mean he is really, really stupid. And he is dumb, too. So is anybody who watches his show. Ha ha. LOL."

Posted by: UponFurtherReview | June 17, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

You must understand that while beck is an idiot he is the best and brightest on the right apart from bachman and palin.

Posted by: davidsawh | June 17, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice how Beck kind of looks like a pig? Ever notice how Rush Limbaugh also looks like a pig? Ever notice how Newt Gingrich has that same characteristic. I think these guys are all related. In fact owing to their incredible resemblance, I would venture to guess that they are all the result of inbreeding withing the republican family.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

This book has been panned everywhere. Is Beck saying all the reviewers of his book are eaten with envy?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 17, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Beck wrote a fiction book, it is clear that the reviewer is biased, when he refers to the heroes as right wing nuts. There really is no more you need to hear. Why doesn't the Post just admit it is biased and get on with it. Attempting to continue the lie of fairness results in more dropping credibility.

Posted by: thelaw1 | June 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice how Beck kind of looks like a pig? Ever notice how Rush Limbaugh also looks like a pig? Ever notice how Newt Gingrich has that same characteristic. I think these guys are all related. In fact owing to their incredible resemblance, I would venture to guess that they are all the result of inbreeding withing the republican family.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar

Have you ever noticed that the Obama family would fit perfectly in the orginal movie "Planet of the Apes"?

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Besides being a coward, Beck is apparently thin-skinned. He also believes God has sent him on a mission. Beck is a LOOON.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 17, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Besides being a coward, Beck is apparently thin-skinned. He also believes God has sent him on a mission. Beck is a LOOON.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd

Coward, thin-skinned and believes God has sent him on a mission. Sounds alot like Barack Hussein Obama, no?

"IMAGINE.......NO LIBERALS"

Posted by: trippermeow | June 17, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I know who The Beckster is,
but who is Steven Livingston?

Does WAPO pay him by the inch ...and/or comment response?

If so, he'll continue to be on food stamps ......or qualify as Editor-In-Chief of this compost!


Posted by: Concerned14 | June 17, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

beck ... who?

Posted by: The-Historian | June 17, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Attacked? Really, you were attacked by GB? Oh, wait, no, you merely received some criticism of your own. Why the thin-skin? Feeling a little tender today? Poor baby, you don't have to play with that mean, old GB. There's a juicebox in the fridge.

Posted by: akhachat | June 17, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Dry-drunk Elder Beck "...soooo clearly wants to be an author.." he spent part of his millions earned from hate speech to hire a ghost writer. Trippermeow is obviously one of Beck's lemmings as evidenced by his racism.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Beck's response to your review appears to be an ad hominem (Latin for "to the person") attack rather than a reasoned argument. More than 40 years ago I was taught by my debate coaches that resorting to ad hominem tactics is an indication you aren't able to argue based on the facts at issue.

Posted by: greggwiggins | June 17, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Beck's book will incite to violence and innocent people will be harmed or killed. Beck holds some responsibility for that when it comes.

Posted by: HillRat | June 17, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious Glenn Beck can't take constructive criticism, which seems to be the norm for many of the Tea Party yahoo's running around the country.

If I were Beck, I would let this be a lesson and try writing something that is worth reading.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 17, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Every morning after a large cup of coffee, I grab the paper and make my way to the bathroom. After a few minutes of pushing and grunting, I wipe my Limbaugh and take a look at my Glen Beck before in twists its way down the john.

Nothing smells as bad as a big Glen Beck.

Posted by: steveinva | June 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Beck wheezes that Levingston lacks the talent to write a book. Now that is comically laughable. All one has to do is peruse your local Christian bookstore to make the case that talent is not a particularly important quality in writing a book. Beck himself--and the legion of talent challenged right wing authors over the years from Beck hero, Mormon author Cleon Skousen (perfectly awful!) to the present crop of pretend authors like Michael Savage or Ann Coulter--are all examples of truly unprofessional amateurs who lack even the most rudimentary skills in the use of language, syntax, grammatical technique and most important of all, a broad understanding of the cultural, social, political and historical context of the subjects they write about.

What Beck writes and reads is political pulp. It is not literature, or authorship within the meaning of those terms as those who have expended years and years of training, schooling and development to achieve. The people who read such trash are not looking to have their minds stimulated or to be enlightened. They are looking for validation of their worst prejudices, hatreds, fears and partisan beliefs.

Posted by: jaxas70 | June 17, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Those ever defending Beck are just a looney as he is...or getting paid.

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 17, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"I think its great his fans know how to read."

There's no proof of that.

Posted by: haveaheart | June 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Let examine the intelligence and record of so called literary commentators.

J. K. Rolling was rejected as a non-author by a collection of Levingston types. Now she lives in a castle and is equal to the Queen of England in garnering respect.

How many books have you written Levingston? Your embrace of the communist Democratic liberals is masking your ability to see value in anything that any conservative would write.

Posted by: captain3292 | June 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

When we think of great authors of the past century, who comes to mind? Sinclair Lewis, Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer, Harper Lee. When we think of the great political authors of the 20th century, who pops into mind? Theodore White, Arthur Schlesinger. The great historical authors? David McCullough, Edmund Morris.

Who do you not find mentioned in any honorable way? Cleon Skousen, Father Coughlin, Adolf Hitler. Look. There is a reason. When you compare great writers and authors to the likes of Skousen, or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or any of the current legion of silly, rabid right wing klunks who fancy themselves "authors", it is like comparing Deities to toads.

Posted by: jaxas70 | June 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Who is Glen Beck?

Posted by: CalmTruth | June 17, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Levingston wrote a nasty, venomous review, and now he's whining that the author defended himself. Let's face it, the review was negative because Glenn Beck wrote the book at issue. Levingston, if you get into a pi&&sing battle with Beck, then you'll get wet.

Posted by: WashingtonDame
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The review was negative because Beck is a opportunistic creep whose low estimation of his readership is apparent by his willingness to pass some skin-head grade conspiracy nonsense off as worthy of being reviewed in the first place.

Amazingly, nothing Beck has said so far has been stupid and outrageous enough for his fans to catch on.

Posted by: st50taw | June 17, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Captain3292, I seriously doubt that any tourist agency would make a profit from directing a tour of the inside of your head. It is quite obvious that it would be a journey into a complete void which likely would not encounter a single intelligent thought along the way.

You compare J. K. Rowling with Beck? Look. Rowling is immensely talent and brilliant when it comes to her imaginative power. Beck is a miserable, dumb, addicted little Rhesus monkey in comparison. The reason for Beck's success is the same reason the idiotic Left Behind books are a success. Because there are millions of dumb,,out-of-the-stick-hicks out there who are susceptible to the sort of whacked out mumbo jumbo peddled by the likes of Beck.

They are like the pests that proliferate every spring and summer that we have to tolerate and are just as impervious to logic, knowledge, science and truth as are mosquitoes and gnats to the effects of of the sprays we use to ward them off.

Beck is a mosquitoe. A few years from now, he will be little more than footnote just as Father Coughlin and Joe McCarthy. Such annoying little vermin are with us every generation and they never amount to anything more than an amusing aside. Today, when we think of the momentous events during FDR's era. Coughlin is remembered with contempt. And so will Beck and Limbaugh and all of the other harpies who proft from the peddling of hatred, bigotry, anger, fear and the Big Lie.

Posted by: jaxas70 | June 17, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Beck followers actually know how to read? And they actually know this book - and all his other efforts including tv, radio and print - is pure fiction?

Can't wait to hear the Wall Street Journal review - "Simply a stunning achievement considering Beck has the educational prowness of a ninth grader."

Posted by: ScottChallenger | June 17, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

So now Glen Beck can add the FACT that he's a Plagiarizer to his list of UN-accomplishments. Like he's a PHONY TWO BIT HACK...He's A FAKE News anchor.

He's a FALSE PROFIT TO THE TEA BAGGERS!!

He uses a SHRINE TO WORSHIP HITLER!!!

So Glen Beck Has NO HONOR, NO RESPECT, NO REAL TALENT (except for selling LIES & B.S. to the max)

This is even more proof that Glen Beck is a Nazi and a human pile of worm EXCREMENT!!

Lets look at a few definitions under Nazi.

Nazi - a member of the fascist German National Socialist Party that came to power under the leadership of Adolf Hitler in 1933

Racist = somebody regarded as having right-wing political views, especially on race and immigration

Bossy person = an authoritarian or dictatorial person

ALL OF THESE DEFINITIONS FIT GLEN BECK SO THIS MUST MEAN THAT GLEN BECK IS HITLER!!

Posted by: imZandor | June 17, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Glen who? :)

Posted by: As_I_See_It | June 17, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck = Carpetbagger....make that a wanna be Carpetbagger!

Posted by: ohwell1 | June 17, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If you're on Beck's hit list then you're doing something right.

Beck is just another rightwing grifter. I gotta get in on the action. Seems the right will give their money to anyone...

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"he soooo clearly wants to be an author, but, it seems, he just doesn’t have the talent."

This is just a big misunderstanding. Beck was just summarizing the review of his own book.

Posted by: ozpunk | June 17, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Forgive me WashingtonDame for interrupting your slavering, smooching of Glenn Becks porky buttocks, but it seems to me that Beck is the one who apparently can't take a hit here. I have never heard of Mr. Levingston but now, I am going to pay attention to his column. Why? Because for too long the mainstream media has fawned over Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and Bachmann. Mr. Levingston exposes Beck for the miserable little t#rd he is. And he doesn't like it.

Well, he had better get used to it. Far more talented wrioters than him have had to endure the lings and arrows of literary critics and take it as part of the territory. But people like Beck and Limbaugh are used to dishing it out. They don't know how to react when they start getting it dished back to them.

Posted by: jaxas70 | June 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Beck is so clearly a no-talent hack that anything he says is immediately ignored by those who have even a modicum of common sense. In time, Beck and others of his ilk will be forgotten, along with the nonsense they espouse.

Posted by: Diogenes | June 17, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Let examine the intelligence and record of so called literary commentators.

J. K. Rolling was rejected as a non-author by a collection of Levingston types. Now she lives in a castle and is equal to the Queen of England in garnering respect.

How many books have you written Levingston? Your embrace of the communist Democratic liberals is masking your ability to see value in anything that any conservative would write.

Posted by: captain3292 |

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Uhhh, OK. Then again it could be because conservative fiction has no value (Bill O'Reilly comes to mind).

I'm good with that.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

captain3292: "J. K. Rolling was rejected as a non-author by a collection of Levingston types. Now she lives in a castle and is equal to the Queen of England in garnering respect."

J.K. Rowling was rejected by _publishers_ who didn't think her book would sell. Literary critics embraced her work once she was published.

As gregwiggins pointed out, Beck is responding to a review of his book by making personal attacks on the reviewer. Any author who PUBLICLY responds to criticism with "you're just jealous, you can't recognize talent, I know you are but what am I" deserves to be mocked.

Posted by: ishkabibbleA | June 17, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I read the review and it was one of the most harshest reviews I've seen. True or not (I suspect the review is right on, although I have not read the book - nor plan to) - the review was scathing.

My real problem here is that Critics need thicker skin. When you are in the business of trashing or praising peoples work and/or art - you should expect the same back. I think the only issue here is Beck's comments were more personal (although still career based). Either way if you are going in to a mud fight and throw the first fist of mud - don't complain when someone throws back.

Quit your crying Steven - you picked the fight here.

Posted by: greg34 | June 17, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Coward, thin-skinned and believes God has sent him on a mission. Sounds alot like Barack Hussein Obama, no?

"IMAGINE.......NO LIBERALS"

Posted by: trippermeow |


Actually, no. It reminds me of George W. Bush who said, "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." --to a group of Amish he met with, July 9, 2004

So find me a similar quote from President Obama and I might consider your silly supposition.

Imagine....a world without...you.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Beck, Limbaugh et al feel they have a license to attack anyone they please, even if they have to make up stuff to do it - which they do on a regular basis.

But when someone comments on Beck, and comments honestly, Beck turns out to be as childish, petulant, pouting, petty and emotional as a conservative.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 17, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The review by Levingston was junk. Does anybody read Beck expecting to see literary genius? Is he worse than say, David Baldacci? When you stoop to Beck's level with a pesonal assult in full-view of the world, expect to get a little muddy during the crossfire. Why a review of Glenn Beck's book even warranted coverage in the Washington Post, whose own Book World has gone caput, is beyond me.

Posted by: lingering_lead | June 17, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If Beck were truly irrelevant to them, they'd simply ignore him instead of tripping over themselves to come to forums like this one and post personal potshots that attack the messenger, but seldom challenge the message.

There's nothing more enjoyable than reading a pile of anti-Beck posts, most of which boil down to: "Glenn Beck is an idiot. I mean he is really, really stupid. And he is dumb, too. So is anybody who watches his show. Ha ha. LOL."

Posted by: UponFurtherReview |


Oh, I don't know. I really enjoy reading a pile of anti-Palin posts, too. And anti-Rove posts are pretty entertaining in a pinch.

Look, Lindsey Lohan gets a lot of press and attention and she's about as irrelevant as they come. Same with Beck et. al.

People LOVE a train wreck and they also care about their country enough to want wild-eyed hate-mongers like Beck to go away.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

LOL, WHATEVERHESAID. You call out Glen Beck for his praise of Liz Dilling. The socialist left in this country, Barak Obama included, has no salt in criticizing Beck, who regularly has Jewish commentators on his program. What about the raving anti-semite Helen Thomas or Jesse "Jew York" Jackson? Oh, lets not forget the former KKK memeber and senate Majority leader Robert Byrd. Take the plank out of your own eye before you take the speck out of someone eleses.

Posted by: napoleon0469 | June 17, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Levingston's panning of the book itself is fair enough. But his absolutely bizarre fantasies about it are not. Levingston seems to have more screws loose than Beck does.

Media Matters "assessed" Beck's criticism? LOL. Media Matter manufactures talking points. Media Matters "monitors and analyzes" in precisely the same way that Coke's marketing department objectively "assesses" Pepsi.

Posted by: thebump | June 17, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Both Beck and levingston are nut-jobs, crazies. You have one no-talent bum reviewing the work of another no-talent bum.Most writers are not and most reviewers appear not to have the talent to do what ever the review is about.
Gulphmills, PA

Posted by: hj1123 | June 17, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Beck's a moron - why do so many people think he's capable of speaking for them? If you go to the doctor, would you let a doctor who presented himself by crying, yelling, and other Beckisms, provide your medical care? You would think he was a nut. Hell, even friends or acquaintances; would you elect to socialize with someone with Beck's behavioral traits? Anybody normal would distance themselves from somebody they would think was nutty. I just don't get why they think this nut is capable of being the leading voice for their political philosophies - but when you think about it, these are the people who disdain education ("elitists"), disdain science (I guess if they get cancer, they'll pray themselves cured) - hypocrits all--

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | June 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The same mentality that accepts the paranoid ravings of a psychophrenic like Beck, and can also accept the rantings of the "birther" Tea Baggers, defines the core belief system of the radical Right. What sane person embraces these points of view, anyway?

Were I the reviewer I would be proud that Beck attacked me. It is a compliment.

Posted by: inplants | June 17, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Really who cares?

Posted by: whocares666 | June 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

First: Beck didn't even write the stupid thing - he admits it was ghost written. What's his boggle, citizen?

Second: it's the right wingnuts that are the usual suspects when it comes to book banning and burning. They're the clowns who can't face reality and retreat into their alternate dimension of truthiness when confronted with hard facts.

Posted by: Quatermass | June 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Beck reminds me of the filthiest joke, unprintable in newspapers.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | June 17, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Being attacked by Glenn Beck is a badge of honor. Wear it proudly, Mr. Levingston!

We all know that Beck is a crazy, bigoted, paranoid, self-absorbed liar whose only fans are similarly inflicted. These people are to be laughed at- they are the worst that Ameirca has to offer, and should be pitied.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

From the Overton Window:

"...these liberated chestnut curls framed a handsome face made twice as radiant by the mysteries surely waiting just behind those light green eyes."


No one has to do a hatchet job on Beck. He does fine all by himself.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

allenridge wrote:

"Media Matters, which monitors and analyzes the conservative media, has assessed Beck's criticism of my review, while Huffington Post reports that Beck's book resembles a 2005 self-published techno-thriller " - from the corrupt liberal/progressive POST

Lets see Media Matters is a modern-day liberal/progressive fascist propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party, like the POST

And Huffington POST is part of the Gestapo division of the Democrat Party who like the POST COOKS their polls too........lol

POST = ZERO reputation.........."

and yet, here you are.

Posted by: ImNotScott | June 17, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Lets see Media Matters is a , like the POST

And Huffington POST is part of the Gestapo division of the Democrat Party who like the POST COOKS their polls too........lol

POST = ZERO reputation.........."

and yet, here you are.

Posted by: ImNotScott

But Fox News is in no way a modern-day conservative/teabagging fascist propaganda outlet for the Republican Party. (And it's Democratic Party. There is no such thing as the Democrat Party.)

No, being a mouthpiece for a party or ideology is purely the realm of the left, right? Only liberal/progressives can figure out how to manipulate the media, right?

Wait, that would make the left smarter than the right and that can't be right, right? So, OMG, conservative brain cell overload...

Posted by: arancia12 | June 17, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

On AOL News June 15, Beck writes an op-ed piece (don't get me started on why an op-ed piece does not belong in a news reel) that talks about his book as if it were a real issue claiming that our Democracy is in jeopardy of being lost due to the increasing growth of government--the Overton Window. He finally labels the book as fiction...but only after he has attempted to make his book and the Overton Window political theory look like one idea--maybe like a docudrama(?). I'd like to think that I was the one confused but after seeing Beck in more than one venue, I know that's not the case. He's a nut-job. Smart--but a nut none-the-less.

Posted by: TerRoz | June 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

Frankly, you deserve some criticism for your review. It was blatently obvious that your review was colored by your political dislike of Mr. Beck and thus it was not an honest review.

It was below the standards of the Washington Post.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | June 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

LOL the best part of the whole picture is that after November...The agenda of the libs and their tarnished messiah is over. All the nasty nasally whining will continue but... in irrelevance.

God save the Republic

Posted by: Straightline | June 17, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Those CRAZY Mormons.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | June 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

LOL!
Like Beck even wrote the book himself...

Posted by: stikyfingas | June 17, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

...GB, B.O. FOX, Republicans with party of "NO" against majority/will of the American people who see them for who they are fools, trying to lay blame on Democrats country when ever they can find birds of the same feather, of course we know all flock together.

In conclusion, Fox/noise Republican run newsoutlet continues to drawl birds of the same feather, who always fail together."

Posted by: ztcb41 | June 17, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It is quite amazing that a mere mention of their leader (GB) brings out the idiotic right in their full ignoramus regalia.

Posted by: ualec1 | June 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

.................

We're obviously set against a big time
intellectual force here:

Jealous Libtard Progressives...
Posted by: joesmithdefend

So BACKOFF before you get bloodied!

.............

Posted by: printthis | June 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Media Matters, which monitors and analyzes the conservative media, has assessed Beck's criticism of my review, while Huffington Post reports that Beck's book resembles a 2005 self-published techno-thriller " - from the corrupt liberal/progressive POST

Lets see Media Matters is a modern-day liberal/progressive fascist propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party, like the POST

And Huffington POST is part of the Gestapo division of the Democrat Party who like the POST COOKS their polls too........lol

POST = ZERO reputation..........

Posted by: allenridge
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Well let's see here, does FOX News commentators like Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly and radio hosts Limbaugh and Savage qualify as modern day wing nuts/facist propaganda machine for the Republican party?
FOX New = Zero reputation.....

That's puts it mildly right because Beck is just doing what he does best, by screaming across the crowded theater to get attention and he's mad that someone called him out for plagiarism.

Posted by: beeker25 | June 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Good lord I can't believe you read this book.

Posted by: Gover | June 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Post (or any respectable news outlet) wasting any ink on Glenn Beck at all?

Posted by: yatest | June 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If the review was so blatantly biased and rooted in jealousy, it should have been easy for Beck and his supporters to point out the inaccuracies in the review. Instead Beck resorts to petty insults.
To those who point to Becks prior literary success as support for the position that he is a good writer and not dangerous, I assume you feel similarly about the success of...say the Communist Manifesto.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | June 17, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

To all you progressives: take a deep breath and be prepared for the shock of your lives: we conservatives are on to your dirty tricks and lies. It must really gall you to realize that the likes of Glenn Beck is the one to have provided a lot of the accurate historical information that has "woke us up". So the discussion is now a dialogue and all you seem able to do is to name-call and demonize a person rather than to discuss the issues and the slimy world view that you are trying to promote/"progress". I'll take an ex-alcoholic, educated man any day over radical, self-promoting, radical power mongers any day! The Washington Post has become just another arm for the Progressive Movement.

Posted by: popcorn10 | June 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

You and Beck just both come off as closed minded people that offer insults instead of solutions. Both of you are part of the problem only he sold out for a lot more money. It's a shame the people in our media, including you, feel it is more productive to tear other people opinions apart rather then inspire. I cannot wait until the day I no longer hear ignorant terms like The Right Wing nuts or the Insane Socialistic Left. This country was built on creating a solution by respecting others opinions and reaching a compromise. Stuff like this right here is just embarrassing to me. Which is why I refuse to watch Glen Beck and I will not refuse to read anything you write. You are no different then him. One day maybe you will realize that.

Posted by: Mike4169 | June 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I should have said why I will refuse to read anything you write.

Also want to add it's obvious how excited you are that he is talking about you.

Posted by: Mike4169 | June 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Glen Beck is just an opportunist with a mean streak. He found a ‘shtick’ that got a rise out of people saying things bigots and bullies think to themselves and talk about behind closed doors.

As with any advertising, you bend certain facts to add an air of legitimacy. Hitler did it, so did the KKK. La Raza does it as well as other ethnic groups...

I’d love to put Beck, Limpbag, La Raza folks, Nation of Islam reps, etc. behind closed doors and record on film the resulting melee... All of them are only good and popular when they are catering to the garbage of their supporters.

Posted by: 4Jaxon | June 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So what if Beck has written what is probably a poor piece of literature. I mean if Ayn Rand sets the bar for conservative writers there's not much to aspire to. As for comparing Beck to Hitler.. come on. Perverse as he was, Hitler had conviction.

Posted by: John648 | June 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA, you must be kidding? Beck attacked you? You sound like a little school girl only more of a P***y. I hate Beck as much as the next guy, but stop being a little B***H and grow a pair. The ad for the article made it sound like the man went after you without reason. LOOSER.

Posted by: AdamAhmed | June 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Thriller author Glenn Beck attacked The Washington Post reviewer, er, me, personally on his Facebook page, saying he feels bad for Steve Levingston because "he soooo clearly wants to be an author, but, it seems, he just doesn’t have the talent.""

Does this mean Beck clearly wants to be a Congresscritter? And I understand Beck's book was ghostwritten, so why the claim to talent?

Posted by: irae | June 17, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Now that a day has gone by, Steven, let us know how you're bearing up. Have you recovered from the vicious "attack" on you? Are you having any symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Did Lally kiss your boo-boo and make the owie go away?

Posted by: Rob_ | June 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Talk about plagarized! This review is plagarized--right out of the Bill Clinton "keep my willie in the White House" Playbook.

After the '94 Republican Congressional wins, Clinton used the McVeigh references to demonize conservatives. And it worked. Clinton is trying the same rhetoric with the Tea Party Movement, even resuscitating his rhetoric that attempts to associate the Tea Partiers with McVeigh. If anyone "created" McVeigh, it's Bill Clinton himself, and Janet Reno. McVeigh himself stated that his bombing of the Federal Building was in response to Clinton's actions against the communes in Waco TX and Ruby Ridge.

Sure, the folks at Waco TX and Ruby Ridge were, um, wackos. Since when is that against the law? They hurt no one. They bribed the husband (desperate for money) in the Ruby Ridge incident to break the law in an uncover sting and then came to his home and blew the brains out of the wife's head while she held her 10-month old baby and then blew the lungs out of his 12 year old son--both who were innocent of any wrong-doing. And in Waco TX, they burned scores of innocent women and children alive.

So Clinton instigates violence, which infuriates McVeigh and responds by bombing a Federal target, and then Clinton goes around accusing innocent people exercising their First Amendment Rights are "inciting violence".

Which is pretty much what this review does.

Posted by: athrillofhopeg | June 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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