Peer Through Glenn Beck's "Overton Window," If You Dare

Media Matters takes a look at Glenn Beck's latest paranoid diatribe, err book, so you don't have too:

The Overton Window: Ripped from The Glenn Beck Program transcripts

In the "note from the author" that precedes Glenn Beck's profoundly terrible new novel, The Overton Window, Beck explains that the book is a work of "faction," which he defines as "completely fictional books with plots rooted in fact." And while he has stressed that the plot of the book is fiction, he has frequently implied that the events are a real world possibility, claiming that while writing the book for "over two years," he had to "change it several times because things kept happening. This time I hope the ending stays fiction."

Beck also explains in the note from the author that the book, which follows the limited-government adventures of Noah Gardner and Molly Ross, takes place at a time in history "very much like the one we find ourselves living in now." This is true, insofar as the world of The Overton Window is very similar to the fantasy world Beck constructs on his radio and TV programs. The "facts" that the book is "rooted in" track very closely with the frequently false things Glenn Beck has spent the last year and a half fear mongering about. When viewed in this light, the last 16 months of Beck's public meltdown start to look like a publicity stunt for this "factional" novel.


One of the major plot devices of The Overton Window is a leaked government memo that appears early in the book detailing the various groups - including tea parties, libertarians, and 9-11 truthers - that the US government will start identifying, monitoring, and detaining. Beck frequently fearmongers on both his radio and TV shows about the Obama administration labeling the tea parties terror groups so they can turn anti-terror policies against them (including "rounding up" citizens and assassination).

Beck's fearmongering about detention camps for American citizens often expands to talk of "death camps," as it did during the health care reform debate last October when Beck claimed that the "elites" are "taking us down the road of a progressive utopia that only ends in death camps." More recently, as part of his war on "social justice," Beck attacked the Jewish Fund for Justice's Simon Greer, saying that putting "the common good" first "leads to death camps."

MM also complied a companion video for this piece.

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