Steve Bannon New Yorker Festival interview pulled following backlash & cancellations

Steve Bannon New Yorker Festival interview pulled following backlash & cancellations

Steve Bannon New Yorker Festival interview pulled following backlash & cancellations

Since leaving the White House, Mr Bannon has continued to champion right-wing political causes.

In a statement to CNBC, Bannon slammed The New Yorker and its editor, David Remnick. In a statement, Bannon said he had accepted the invite "to face one of the most fearless journalists of his generation", but found that Remnick was "gutless when confronted by the howling online mob".

"But Bannon has already exerted enormous impact on Trump; his rhetoric, ideas, and tactics are evident in much of what this President does and says and intends", he added.

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.

A letter from Remnick, dated June 28, details the invitation to Bannon.

"I have every intention of asking him hard questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation", Remnick told the New York Times in a phone interview. "The point of an interview, a rigorous interview, particularly in a case like this, is to put pressure on the views of the person being questioned". Everyone, it seemed, was mad at the New Yorker for "normalizing" Steve Bannon, and, perhaps worse, "giving him a platform".

"I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered", said Remnick.

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"I've changed my mind", Remnick said.

"There is nothing more to learn from Bannon about his particular brand of populism, with its blatant overlay of white supremacy", Sullivan wrote. Bridget Everett tweeted that she's out if Bannon is in, Jimmy Fallon simply wrote "I'm Out", and Mike Birbiglia and Bo Burnham also let it be known that they would not participate.

Faced with all these A-list departures, festival organizers quickly made a decision to do an about-face, announcing that Bannon would no longer be invited to speak.

Bannon - who left the White House in August 2017 in the wake of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - blasted the magazine over its "gutless" decision to remove him from the lineup.

The New Yorker Festival's 19th edition will take place from October 5-7 and will include anti-gun activist David Hogg, actress Emily Blunt and writers Haruki Murakami and Zadie Smith.

Remnick conceded that the festival was not the best format in which to interview Bannon, and that it could be done "in a more traditional journalistic setting".

"I would like to invite you to sit down with me for an informal, free-ranging discussion of the political movements redefining global and local politics".

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