The New Yorker Disinvites Steve Bannon From Festival After Twitter Uproar

The New Yorker Disinvites Steve Bannon From Festival After Twitter Uproar

The New Yorker Disinvites Steve Bannon From Festival After Twitter Uproar

The New Yorker incited a lot of anger on Monday after it was announced that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon would be headlining the magazine's October festival.

'I don't want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I've ignored their concerns, ' Remnick told New Yorker staff members. "Sorry, @NewYorker. See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?" a reference to the far-right writer and speaker whose memoir was dropped a year ago by Simon & Schuster after numerous complaints.

"I have every intention of asking him hard questions and engaging in a serious and even combative conversation", Remnick told The New York Times. A number of celebrities who were also slated to participate at the event, including Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow and Patton Oswalt, all backed out upon learning that Bannon was scheduled to be interviewed there by top New Yorker editor David Remnick.

UPDATE: Remnick made an additional statement to readers about cancelling the interview, which you can read in full below as well.

"The reason for my acceptance was simple: I would be facing one of the most fearless journalists of his generation", Bannon said.

Beddoes quoted The Economist's founder, James Wilson, who said the paper's mission was to take part in "a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress'".

The event is held in various venues across the city - Bannon's interview will be at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. "The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn't do". Kathryn Schulz was among the New Yorker staff writers who tweeted that they had informed Remnick directly about their objections.

The New Yorker's reversal, however, was also criticised by conservative commentators.

After taking a huge amount of flak due to its decision to invite former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to appear in its Open Future Festival, The Economist is speaking out. He compared it to historic and revealing interviews of controversial figures ranging from Lester Maddox and George Wallace to Ayatollah Khomeini and Henry Kissinger - while acknowledging that even under rigorous questioning, "Bannon is not going to burst into tears and change his view of the world". By conducting an interview with one of Trumpism's leading creators and organizers, we are hardly pulling him out of obscurity.

Remnick has yet to announce what that "better way" might be, but he did say in his statement that he had originally reached out to Bannon for an interview on the New Yorker Radio Hour, the podcast and public radio show he hosts.

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