New Yorker Cuts Steve Bannon From Festival Program After Outcry

New Yorker makes embarrassing climb down and CANCELS Steve Bannon's festival appearance

The New Yorker Disinvites Steve Bannon From Festival After Twitter Uproar

Since leaving the White House previous year, Bannon has continued to champion right-wing causes, including supporting British anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson, who was freed from prison last month after winning a legal challenge over contempt charges.

Mr Bannon had been due to speak at the event organised by the magazine The New Yorker, but David Remnick, its editor-in-chief, said that his invitation was withdrawn after the backlash. With director Judd Apatow, comedian John Mulaney, actor Jim Carrey, and musician Jack Antonoff all announcing they had withdrawn from their participation in the festival over Bannon's inclusion.

There is also nothing more to learn from proven dissemblers, like Kellyanne Conway, who keep being invited onto the top news shows to shamelessly spout whatever falsehood serves the Trumpian moment.

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That's good. Remnick also deserves credit for something far more significant: Giving Ronan Farrow's stellar investigative work on Harvey Weinstein a safe harbor past year after NBC failed to provide adequate support.

News of Bannon's role sparked "a day of thoughtful, open, angry conversations" among The New Yorker's staff, according to the magazine's Adam Davidson, who said that while he agreed with the decision to yank Bannon from the program, "it has been painful, even maddening, to see the personalized outrage at David". "The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn't do".

Bannon scolded the New Yorker's backtrack and expressed his disappointment.

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For anyone who wonders what normalisation of bigotry looks like, I'd argue first consider that Steve Bannon was chief strategist under the current president. "The main argument for not engaging someone like Bannon is that we are giving him a platform and that he will use it, unfiltered, to propel further the "ideas" of white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, and illiberalism", Remnick wrote. "I can not wrap my mind around this Bannon thing", she said on Twitter.

Considering the inevitable firestorm, inviting Steve Bannon may have been unwise, but disinviting him makes David Remnick and this storied institution look too weak to stand up to the mob. He added, "I have the freedom to refuse to share a festival with him".

He added that the magazine had interviewed Bannon before and would do so again if the opportunity arose "in a more traditionally journalistic setting" rather than on stage. Did the New Yorker do the right thing?

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Late Monday, Remnick announced that Bannon would not speak at the festival after all. "If you only invite your friends over, it's called a dinner party".

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